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Sales Tax on Shipped Items Changing for WA Companies

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The amount of sales tax you pay on goods shipped to you in Washington is changing.  

The sales tax for goods shipped or delivered to you will no longer be calculated on where it's shipped from.  Effective July 1, it will be based on where it's delivered to.   

For example, if you order something from a Washington company online and have it shipped to Bellevue, you would pay their tax rate of 9%.    If you order the same thing and have it shipped to Kennewick, it'll save you money because you'd pay the 8.3% sales tax rate that we have here.  

This only applies to Washington based companies and will not effect all Internet retailers.  

The Washington State Department of Revenue estimates it loses $800 million in state and local taxes to Internet based sales every year.   They say this new law should help them make back only $50 million.

The law won't effect things you buy in a store and bring home yourself.  Those stay the same, you still pay the tax rate for where the store is located.