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In Snohomish County there are over 20 different cities each with their own sales tax. The unincorporated areas in Snohomish County even have a sales tax rate known as local sales tax rates. Every city in the state has their own sales tax rate.

The local sales tax rate is added to the Washington State sales tax rate of 6.5%, giving you your total paid sales tax at checkout. 

Snohomish County Sales Tax Rates

Snohomish County has rates for each individual city, and rates for unincorporated areas as well. You can view these rates at the Washington State Department of Revenue website.

The Cities

Arlington

2.6% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 9.1% total tax

Bothell

3.8% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.3% total tax

Brier

3.8% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.3% total tax

Darrington

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax

Edmonds

3.8% local tax + 6.5% state tax  = 10.3% total tax 

Everett

3.2% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 9.7% total tax 

Gold Bar

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax 

Granite Falls

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax 

Index

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax

Lake Stevens

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax

Lynnwood

3.9% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.4% total tax

Marysville

2.7% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 9.2% total tax

Mill Creek

3.9% local tax + 6.5% state = 10.4% total

Monroe

2.7% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 9.2% total tax

Mountlake Terrace

3.8% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.3% total tax

Mukilteo

3.9% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.4% total tax

Snohomish

2.6% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 9.1% total tax

Stanwood

2.6% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 9.1% total tax

Sultan

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax

Woodway

3.8% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.3% total tax

Snohomish County Unincorporated Area Sales and Use Tax Rates

These are areas outside of city limits that can’t be taxed by a city for their sales. Since there is no city to collect the tax, Snohomish County collects the sales tax directly from the businesses.

Snohomish County Unincorporated Areas Non-RTA

1.2% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 7.7% total tax

Snohomish County Unincorporated PTBA 

3.8% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 10.3% total tax

Snohomish County Unincorp. PTBA Non-RTA

2.4% local tax + 6.5% state tax = 8.9% total tax

Regional Transit Authority (or RTA) is a motor vehicle excise tax that is collected mainly in metropolitan areas.

The Public Transportation Benefit Areas (or PTBA) are areas with a special tax rate on transportation services.

How Does Snohomish County Compare to the Rest of Washington State?

The highest sales tax rate in Snohomish County is tied at 3.9% for Mukilteo, Mill Creek and Lynnwood. The average sales tax rate in snohomish county is 3.075%. The lowest sales tax rate in Snohomish County is tied at 2.4% for Sultan, Lake Stevens, Index, Granite Falls, Goldbar, and Darrington.

Washington State Average Sales Tax

The Washington State Sales tax is fixed at 6.5%, and the local rates for the hundreds of municipalities within the state vary anywhere from 0 to 3.9%.

After reviewing the Department of Revenues tax rates (or DOR) we have found that the average local sales tax rate for the state of Washington is 2%. The lowest local sales tax rate for Snohomish County is 2.4% and the average for the county is 3.075%. This shows that Snohomish County sales tax rates are at the higher end of the spectrum.

Seattle Sales Tax

The city of Seattle is considered on of the most expensive cities in Washington State in terms of taxes. However, Seattle’s sales tax
sits at 3.6% while the highest rate in Snohomish County is at 3.8%.

What Do Sales and Use Taxes Apply To?

Sales an use tax applies to all sales nearly any good and for some services as well. The sales tax in Washington State is the main source of tax revenue within the state.

What is Exempt from Washington State and Local Sales Tax?

Any business that obtains a reseller permit can defer the sales tax onto the next buyer. You can find all information about Washington State reseller permits here.

Other Exemptions include:

  • Food
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Sales to Nonresidents
  • Federal Government Sales
  • Interstate and Foreign Sales
  • Manufacturer Equipment and Machinery
  • Sales to Native Americans and their Tribes
  • Newspaper

Resources

Washington State Tax Lookup App

Having hundreds of different tax rates in one single state can be really confusing and frustrating. The department of revenue recognized this and had an application built for IOS and Android so consumers are able to know what they will be paying in tax at checkout.

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