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Old 05-31-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Default What are the sales tax in Seattle?

In Tacoma it is 8.8% But what about Seattle?
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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The sales tax within the city of Seattle is 8.8%, and in restaurants it's 9.3%.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:01 PM
 
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The tax rate went up 4/1/08 to 9.0% for retail and 9.5% for restaurants.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:13 PM
 
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The tax rate went up 4/1/08 to 9.0% for retail and 9.5% for restaurants.
Y'see???? It just doesn't pay to stay home and watch 'Deadliest Catch' marathons, does it?! I miss out on everything!! Hahahaha! Thanks, seattlerain.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:29 PM
 
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You’re welcome!
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Why is it higher for restaurants? I'd never heard of that before. Is that all of King County or just Seattle?

Also, can someone tell me what tax is on food? It looks like grocery store food isn't taxed unless you buy something stupid. Trying to define "stupid", but it looks like soda is taxed and OJ is not? What's the rule?
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:50 PM
 
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Food and Sales Tax


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It looks like grocery store food isn't taxed unless you buy something stupid. Trying to define "stupid", but it looks like soda is taxed and OJ is not? What's the rule?
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Why is it higher for restaurants? I'd never heard of that before. Is that all of King County or just Seattle?

Also, can someone tell me what tax is on food? It looks like grocery store food isn't taxed unless you buy something stupid. Trying to define "stupid", but it looks like soda is taxed and OJ is not? What's the rule?
Sales tax is collected on prepared foods only.

Maybe this will help:

Sales of prepared foods

"Washington law exempts most grocery type food from retail sales tax. However, the law does not exempt “prepared food,” “soft drinks” or “dietary supplements.” Businesses that sell these “foods” must collect sales tax. In addition, all alcoholic items are subject to retail sales tax."

Which beverages are subject to sales tax?

"Soft drinks are “ready to drink,” bottled beverages containing sweetener and less than 51% fruit or vegetable juice, and that do not contain milk, milk products, or milk substitutes. “Soft drinks” include juices and sport drinks that contain sweeteners but that do not contain milk and do not contain over 51% fruit or vegetable juice."

Restaurants are taxed under a "Special stadium sales and use tax regulation.

Is the sales tax rate charged by King County restaurants higher than the sales tax rate charged by other businesses in King County?

"Yes. Effective January 1, 1996, an additional sales tax was imposed on sales by restaurants, taverns, bars, and rental car businesses operating in King County. The term "restaurants" includes, but is not limited to, taverns, bars, lunch counters, diners, coffee shops, espresso bars, concessions, delicatessens, and cafeterias.

The revenue generated from the King county food and beverage tax will be used toward retiring bonds sold to pay for the construction of the major league baseball stadium in Seattle. For food and beverage sales, the additional sales tax rate is 0.5 percent."
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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So does that mean when the baseball stadium bonds have been "retired" the tax to pay for them will be retired too?

Want to bet me the tax stays?
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Thanks guys. I'm not allowed to give MichaelinWA or Seattlerain more rep right now, but the links helped explain that mystery!!!
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