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Washington D.C. And Washington State Taxes

Aaron Giles

Washington DC Sales And Use Tax

The District of Columbia, Washington D.C., levies a 5.75% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. There are no additional local sales taxes in Washington D.C.

Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in Washington D.C. if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the District of Columbia on or before February 20th.

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Online Sales And Physical Presence Nexus

All of the energy and focus on the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) has lulled many online sellers into a false belief that they do not need to collect retail sales tax on their online sales until Congress takes action on the MFA. What many online sellers forget is that states can still require online sellers to collect retail sales tax if the online sellers have physical presence nexus in a state. Further, this physical presence nexus need not be necessarily connected with their online sales.

Recently, I have worked with a number of companies facing significant tax exposure for uncollected retail sales tax on their online sales. Although these sales are generated exclusively from customers developed over the Internet, these companies failed to recognize that physical presence of their employees or representatives pursuing wholesale sales Read more