State of Washington Adds Bottled Water Tax

Sales tax addition could mean millions in revenue for the state

Washington residents now pay bottled water tax

Washington state residents started paying sales tax on bottled water. Lawmakers cut the sales tax exemption on water bottles that was in place since 2010. The Washington State Department of Revenue estimates it will make $24.5 million in 2018, $30 million in 2019, and nearly $31 million in 2020 on water bottle sales tax alone.

Sellers do not need to collect sales tax if a buyer is purchasing bottled water under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program. If a person does not have water safe for human consumption, they are eligible for an exemption from the sales tax. Sales tax is not due on sales of bottled water when the buyer has a prescription for bottled water.

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