A big reliance on sales tax

  • Reported and designed by Chuck Taylor / Herald Writer
  • Saturday, April 27, 2013 9:27am
  • Local NewsLocal news

While our public servants in Olympia talk past each other, it’s good to remember whose money they are arguing about and where it comes from.

Washington is somewhat of an outlier when it comes to tax revenue. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is one of only seven states with no individual income tax, and it’s one of only four with no corporate income tax. One result is that sales taxes accounted for 57.7 percent of Washington tax revenue in 2012. That’s down somewhat from 60.7 percent in 2008.

Washington tax revenue detail

Source 2009 2010 2011 2012
Sales taxes $9,417,864,000 $8,972,868,000 $9,335,206,000 $9,327,885,000
Retail sales $6,903,654,000 $6,448,090,000 $6,654,104,000 $6,755,380,000
Motor fuels $1,181,459,000 $1,238,592,000 $1,207,447,000 $1,176,823,000
Use $465,418,000 $428,576,000 $539,911,000 $486,305,000
Cigarette $392,429,000 $388,032,000 $432,823,000 $424,815,000
Liquor liter $125,116,000 $123,000,000 $125,256,000 $133,250,000
Liquor sales $96,592,000 $100,301,000 $102,158,000 $108,465,000
Beer excise $32,415,000 $36,840,000 $80,603,000 $79,641,000
Tobacco products $30,278,000 $33,372,000 $46,392,000 $46,569,000
Solid waste collection $32,480,000 $33,258,000 $33,585,000 $34,281,000
Brokered natural gas $46,730,000 $37,725,000 $29,011,000 $23,800,000
Rental car $22,768,000 $21,489,000 $23,044,000 $23,672,000
Wine excise $21,736,000 $22,531,000 $22,970,000 $23,400,000
Shared tribal cigarette taxes $5,614,000 $6,297,000 $7,956,000 $7,624,000
Replacement vehicle tire fee $3,602,000 $3,632,000 $3,809,000 $3,638,000
Wood stove fee $320,000 $324,000 $258,000 $222,000
Convention Center $57,253,000 $50,809,000 $25,879,000 $0
Gross receipts taxes $3,455,486,000 $3,367,581,000 $3,838,406,000 $3,948,632,000
Business and occupation $2,650,526,000 $2,577,618,000 $3,014,373,000 $3,130,753,000
Insurance premiums $408,464,000 $405,918,000 $413,097,000 $430,052,000
Public utility $386,101,000 $373,621,000 $400,380,000 $377,245,000
Litter $8,848,000 $9,075,000 $9,360,000 $9,434,000
Pari-mutuel $1,547,000 $1,349,000 $1,196,000 $1,148,000
Property and excise taxes $1,875,219,000 $1,903,610,000 $1,941,600,000 $1,986,530,000
State property tax levy $1,785,323,000 $1,822,667,000 $1,857,334,000 $1,898,427,000
PUD privilege $42,175,000 $39,123,000 $39,710,000 $44,815,000
Leasehold excise $25,613,000 $25,849,000 $26,622,000 $27,077,000
Watercraft / aircraft excises $17,478,000 $12,869,000 $13,909,000 $12,719,000
Timber excise $4,630,000 $3,102,000 $4,025,000 $3,492,000
Other state taxes $856,944,000 $878,862,000 $898,269,000 $895,458,000
Real estate excise $426,048,000 $411,871,000 $379,748,000 $422,360,000
Hazardous substance $127,055,000 $149,417,000 $175,500,000 $197,604,000
Estate $137,116,000 $78,717,000 $112,928,000 $114,828,000
Penalties and interest $111,157,000 $137,225,000 $151,294,000 $113,481,000
Enhanced 911 (state) $20,192,000 $20,222,000 $21,158,000 $23,850,000
Telephone lines $9,542,000 $9,104,000 $10,818,000 $8,024,000
Intermediate care facilities $9,931,000 $9,531,000 $8,842,000 $7,858,000
Oil spill $4,966,000 $3,731,000 $3,828,000 $3,571,000
Carbonated beverage syrup $8,365,000 $8,553,000 $16,041,000 $2,855,000
Fish $1,963,000 $2,418,000 $3,193,000 $810,000
Petroleum products $609,000 $48,073,000 $2,680,000 $217,000
Carbonated beverage (bottled) $12,239,000 $0
All state taxes $15,605,513,000 $15,122,921,000 $16,013,481,000 $16,158,505,000

Sources: Washington State Department Of Revenue and Office of Financial Management

More in Local News

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

Lynnwood, Marysville, Sultan consider ban on safe injection sites

If approved, they would join Lake Stevens and Snohomish County, which have temporary bans.

City Council OKs initial funding for Smith Avenue parking lot

The site of the former Smith Street Mill is being developed in anticipation of light rail.

Single fingerprint on robbery note leads to arrest

The holdup occurred at a U.S. Bank branch in Lynnwood in June.

Two windsurfers rescued from Port Susan near Kayak Point

The men had failed to return to shore during Sunday’s windstorm.

Yes to turn signal — eventually

Adding a right-turn signal at 112th St. and 7th Ave. is turning out to be a bit more complicated.

Mill Creek councilman no longer lives in city, panel finds

The Canvassing Board determined Sean Kelly is not eligible to vote there.

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.

Most Read