It's No April Fool's Joke- Local Sales Tax Rates Increased April 1st

By Emily Taibl | Apr 06, 2017

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closeup TAX word cube on the silver coins stckingAccording to the Department of Revenue in Washington State- effective April 1, 2017, the Regional Transit (RTA) tax will be increasing the local sales tax and use by five-tenths of one percent (.005) to a total of one and four-tenths of one percent (.014).

The tax increase will benefit the residents of Washington as the funds will be used to expand and coordinate light-rail, commute-rail, and express bus service, and improve access to transit facilities in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.  Businesses and people in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties will be subject to the new rate of use tax on items for purchase for their personal or business use if sales tax has not been paid.  In most of Seattle’s outlying suburbs, the tax increase puts the sales tax at 10.0%, but Seattle proper’s sales tax increases to 10.1%.  

To determine the proper codes and rates of local sales tax visit the State of Washington’s Tax Rate Lookup Tool located here.   For questions, contact your Sweeney Conrad advisor at 425.629.1990 or