How Much Sales Tax Do You Pay in Washington?


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Consumers pay a minimum of 6.5 percent state sales tax on taxable goods and services, according to Bankrate. Sales tax also includes additional local taxes, which vary by city and county, resulting in a total sales tax rate of between 7 percent and 9.6 percent as of 2015, reports Sale-Tax.com.

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Washington retailers collect sales tax from their customers, explains the Washington State Department of Revenue. Businesses must send sales tax payments to the Department of Revenue even if they did not collect the tax from the consumer. Most tangible goods and many services are subject to sales tax. Some exceptions include food, prescriptions and newspapers.

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