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Washington State Changes Local Sales Tax Practice

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The State of Washington is changing the way retailers who ship products calculate local sales tax.

Right now if you buy a product shipped from an in-state retailer you pay sales tax based on the location of the company. But starting July first next year, sales tax will be based on where the customer receives the product.

Retailers will have to change the way they code the taxes, and the Department of Revenue is holding meetings across the state to educate business owners on the change.

"Although the law doesn't take effect until next year, that's why we're already gearing up with these workshops is because we want to find out exactly how big of a change it's going to be," said Rick Manugian, Communications Manager, Washington State Dept. of Revenue.  

Manugian said Washington is changing the tax to sync up with tax practices from 21 other states.

If you're a retailer who wants to find out more about the tax change, the department  encourages you to sign up for a meeting at Columbia Basin College, in Pasco on Monday, August, 27th. It starts at 2 p.m. at the Gjerde Center.

To find out how to sign up go to our home page, highlight "News", click on "On Air Links", then click on "Local Retail Tax Meeting on Washington Tax Changes".