|As of July 1st, ALL retailers will be required to collect and remit sales tax for items purchased by qualified nonresidents, due to legislation passed during the most recent session of the WA State Legislature. No more showing an out of state ID and not having to pay the sales tax on purchases. This will have a bigger impact to stores selling bigger-ticket items to travelers (jewelry, furniture, etc.).
Qualified Nonresident Locations:
Inside USA - Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon
Outside USA - American Samoa, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon Territory
Now those travelers must keep their receipts and apply for a refund from Washington state directly. They will only be able to get a refund on 6.5% of the taxpaid, the local sales tax portion is not refundable.
PLEASE VISIT THE DOR Link below for more information - we don't want business owners paying out of pocket on sales tax not collected!
Department of Revenue