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Sales tax

On April 1st, 2017 the retail sales tax in King County was raised to 10%. The bulk of this revenue goes to the state and our regional transit authority (Sound Transit). The remaining portions King County receives go on to fund metro transit, criminal justice programs, mental health programs, children and family service programs and general government operations.

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Taxable sales

The Washington State DOR maintains a detailed and useful online database of taxable sales and sales tax distributions. Using this data, we compiled a spreadsheet that contains the annual taxable sales for each city (and the unincorporated area) from 2009 to 2016. Click here to access the excel workbook. Below is chart depicting taxable sales as a percentage of personal income in King County. Taxable sales have not kept pace with rising incomes, which shows one of the major shortcomings of sales tax as a revenue tool.

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