District of Columbia Sales Tax

On this page you will find handy sales and use tax information about District of Columbia.

How to use this page:

We’ve pulled in the information from all our Charts for a consolidated view by state.  Here you can see the sales tax rates and if the state has remote seller nexus rules. You can also see any sales tax holidays or amnesty programs that may exist, though these do not apply to all states.

Below the chart you can find any News & Tip item we have published that relates to District of Columbia that you can filter by topic. This will help you get informed on current and past legislation that has passed in the state.

State Rate

6.000%

Range of Local Rates

0%

Local Rates Apply to Use Tax

N/A

Status

Inactive

Amnesty Filing Dates

August 2, 2010 - September 30, 2010

Go to District of Columbia Amnesty Page
AMNESTY INCLUSION PERIODS

Tax obligations due before December 31, 2009.

TAX TYPES AND CONDITIONS

Individual and Business Tax

AMNESTY BENEFITS

All penalties and fees waived.

South Dakota v. Wayfair Analysis & Predictions: Sales Tax Experts Weigh-In

Sales tax experts lend their insight into and predictions for one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding sales tax in decades, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

State Notices & Resources for Remote Sellers

Use this state by state guide to find each state\’s initial guidance on how to proceed post-Wayfair, state resources such as FAQs, and any state activity such as going through a legislative process that impacts remote sellers.

Remote Seller Resources

Comprehensive list of resources for remote sellers following the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision – including state notices, videos, articles, training opportunities, and more.

D.C. Proposes Emergency Economic Nexus Legislation

The District of Columbia has proposed economic nexus legislation that would require remote sellers to collect sales tax on sales into the U.S. capital if they exceed an economic threshold.

House Introduces Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018

On September 13, 2018, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and additional U.S. House members introduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018.

D.C. Increases Sales and Use Tax Rate

The District of Columbia will increase its sales and use tax rate to 6%, effective October 1, 2018.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision In South Dakota v. Wayfair

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case, ruling in favor of South Dakota and overturning Quill’s physical presence rule.

Multistate Tax Commission Updates Its Uniform Sales & Use Tax Exemption Certificate

The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) revised its Multijurisdictional Uniform Sales & Use Tax Exemption/Resale Certificate on January 22, 2018 to reflect two state changes.

Record Number of Sellers Participate in 2017 MTC Amnesty Program

The volume of applicants for the 2017 online marketplace seller tax amnesty program overwhelmed the Multistate Tax Commission.

District of Columbia to Impose Penalties on Noncompliant Event Promoters

Beginning November 2017, special event promoters who fail to provide required vendor and exhibitor information to the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue will face statutory penalties.

Multistate Tax Commission Announces Tax Amnesty Program for Online Sellers

The MTC organized a tax amnesty program for online sellers, running from August 17 to November 1, 2017. The voluntary disclosure program allowed sellers to start remitting sales tax on future sales without penalty or liability for unpaid, prior accumulated sales tax in 25 participating states.

No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017 Introduced

Under the proposed House bill, a state may tax or regulate a person’s activity in interstate commerce only when the person is physically present in the state during the period in which the tax or regulation is imposed.

Congress Introduces Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017 and Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017

Introduced on April 27, 2017, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017, if enacted, would authorize states meeting certain requirements to require remote sellers that do not meet a small seller exception to collect their state and local sales and use taxes.

District of Columbia Enacts Exemptions for Feminine Hygiene Products and Diapers

Washington D.C. enacted sales tax exemptions for sales of feminine hygiene products and diapers, approved on December 2, 2016 and effective after a 30-day congressional review period.

Online Sales Simplification Act of 2016 Discussion Draft is Introduced

The proposed legislation would implement a “hybrid origin” approach for remote sales. States could impose sales tax on remote sales if the origin state participates in a clearinghouse.

No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016 Introduced

Taking the opposite approach of the Marketplace Fairness Act and Remote Transactions Parity Act, the proposed bill would limit the ability of states to require remote sellers to collect use tax. However, the bill failed to pass.

Congress Approves Permanent Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act

Congress approved a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, signed into law by the President 02/24/16. More…

Internet Tax Freedom Act Extended Through October 1, 2016

The President signed an act to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act through 10/01/16. More…

Internet Tax Freedom Act Extended Until December 11, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act until 12/11/15. More…

House Introduces Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015

U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 on 06/15/15. More…

Senate Introduces Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015

On March 10, 2015, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015.

Internet Tax Freedom Act Extended Until October 1, 2015, Permanent Extension Introduced

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an act including a provision that extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act until October 1, 2015.

District of Columbia Adds New Services to Taxable Retail Sales

The District of Columbia enacted its Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014, which updates the definition of retail sales to include new services, applicable October 1, 2014.

Internet Tax Freedom Act is Extended through December 11, 2014

President Barack Obama has signed federal legislation extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act through December 11, 2014.