Washington collected 0.7% less in public utilities sales tax in 2018

Of the $26.6 billion in taxes collected by Washington in 2018, $500.7 million came from public utilities sales tax, a 0.7 percent decrease from the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC).

Washington collected $504.1 million in public utilities sales tax in 2017.

The STC survey includes five broad tax categories and up to 25 subcategories. Data is gathered from all 50 state governments and all dependent state-level entities.

The Census Bureau cautions that it sets the tax classifications among the survey categories, and they may differ from the classifications set by the state governments.

Below is a breakdown of how taxes were classified by subcategory and how much was collected.

Washington Tax Collections 2018 vs. 2017
Type of Tax
2018 amount
2017 amount
General sales and gross receipts taxes
Selective sales and gross receipts taxes
Alcoholic beverages sales tax
Insurance premiums sales tax
Motor fuels sales tax
Pari-mutuels sales tax
Public utilities sales tax
Tobacco products sales tax
Other selective sales and gross receipts taxes
Alcoholic beverages license
Amusements license
Corporations in general license
Hunting and fishing license
Motor vehicle license
Motor vehicle operators license
Public utilities license
Occupation and business license, NEC
Other license taxes
Death and gift taxes
Documentary and stock transfer taxes
Severance taxes
Taxes, NEC
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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