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Beginning January 1, 2014 the Washington State Sales Tax rate in Anacortes is 8.5%. Sales tax charged on retail sales of items sold in or delivered to Anacortes is collected by the vendor and remitted to the Washington State Dept. of Revenue. Sales tax revenue is distributed by the Dept. of Revenue as follows:

State – 6.5%
County - .15%
City - .85%
Transportation - .4%
Public Safety - .3%
Mental Health - .1%
911 Communications - .1%
Criminal Justice - .1%

The City Lodging Tax rate is 2%. This tax is included in camping fees charged at Washington Park and is also collected by all hotels and motels. This revenue is remitted to the Washington State Dept. of Revenue, returned to the City's Tourism Fund, and distributed via the Tourism Grant program to promote overnight stays in Anacortes.

The City Utility Tax rate is 7%. This tax is applied to City water, sewer, and storm drain charges. This revenue is collected by the City of Anacortes and deposited into the City of Anacortes General Fund.

The City Solid Waste Utility Tax rate is 12%. This tax is applied to City solid waste and recycling charges. This revenue is collected by the City of Anacortes and deposited into the City of Anacortes General Fund.

The Washington State Public Utility Tax on solid waste is 3.6%. This tax is collected by the City of Anacortes but is forwarded entirely to the State of Washington.  This is a tax on public service businesses, including businesses that engage in transportation, communications, and the supply of energy, natural gas, and water. The tax is in lieu of the business and occupation (B&O) tax.

The Real Estate Excise Tax rate in Skagit County is 1.78% including 1.28% for the State and .5% for the County. This tax is typically paid by the seller and is collected by Skagit County. The revenue is remitted to the Washington State Dept. of Revenue. A portion of the tax is returned to the City of Anacortes Growth Management Capital Improvement Fund for use on public facilities.

The City of Anacortes does not charge a City Business and Occupation Tax. However, businesses operating in Washington State may be subject to the Washington State Business and Occupation tax.