Washington D.C. sales tax rate is reduced after budget situation

by Lucinda Rowlands October 17, 2013

Washington D.C. sales tax

Washington D.C. sales tax

As of Oct. 1, 2013, the Washington D.C. sales tax has been reduced to 5.75 percent. Before this change, the rate was 6 percent. The District council voted to reduce the sales and use tax rate in June as the higher rate was no longer necessary. Washington D.C. started using a 6 percent rate in 2009 to deal with a $660 million budget shortfall. Now that the District’s budget situation has improved, officials decided they no longer needed the higher rate.

Only the general sales and use tax rate has gone down. Special categories with higher tax rates like food and drinks at restaurants, tobacco, rentals, and medical marijuana, were not changed.

Read more at The Washington City Paper 

Lucinda Rowlands
Lucinda Rowlands


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