Effective August 1, 2017, the State of Washington will extend its retail sales tax to sales of bottled water. The sales tax expansion is part of a revenue bill (HB 2163) passed to raise funds for the recently enacted state budget. Bottled water was taxable until 2004, and was then tax exempt for the next six years. Bottled water, along with candy, was made taxable by the legislature in June of 2010, only to become exempt once again on December 2, 2010 when Washington voters passed Initiative 1107 rejecting the tax.
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Andrew Decker is a Junior Regulatory Counsel at Sovos Compliance. Working within Sovos’ Regulatory Analysis Department, Andrew’s work centers on indirect taxes (VAT, GST, Sales Tax), with a particular focus on jurisdictions in Europe and Asia. Andrew is a member of the Massachusetts Bar with a J.D from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Bates College.More Content by Andrew Decker