Washington Taxes Bottled Water Starting August 1st

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017


Effective August 1, 2017, bottled water is subject to sales tax in Washington.

Bottled water is water that is calorie free, does not contain sweeteners, and is sold in safety-sealed containers. Bottled water does not include ice or water dispensed from self-service dispensers.

For bottled water sold in stores, tax should be collected on all sales unless the water is purchased with SNAP (foods stamps).

For bottled water delivered to a customer, the water can be purchased tax exempt if the customer does not have access to safe water or it is sold pursuant to a prescription. An exemption certificate must be provided to the seller for the purchase to be tax exempt.

Note that a customer can file a refund claim for tax paid on bottled water purchased in a store if (1) the buyer does not have access to safe water or it is sold pursuant to a prescription and (2) other requirements provided by the Department of Revenue are met.

https://www.ttrus.com/sites/default/files/newspdf/Bottled water subject to sales tax_1500496345.pdf

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