The state of Washington levies a 6.5% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. Local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes ranging between 0.5% and 3.3%. The range of total sales tax rates within the state of Washington is between 7% and 9.9%. Since July 1, 2008, the state of Washington has changed the way in which local sales taxes are to be collected. The local sales tax will now be based on the destination rate of the delivery.
Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Washington if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 25th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of Washington on or before the 25th day of February.