Taxes in Washington

Each state’s tax code is a multifaceted system with many moving parts, and Washington is no exception. The first step towards understanding Washington’s tax code is knowing the basics.

How does Washington rank?  Below, we have highlighted a number of tax rates, ranks, and measures detailing Washington’s income tax, business tax, sales tax, and property tax systems. Click the tabs below to explore!


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