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Washington State sales tax exemption

by Misty Fitzpatrick Vice-President, POW Chamber of Commerce

The Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce strives to collect and provide relevant information to its members. In an effort to do so, Chamber board members host a virtual luncheon each month where we cover topics that affect the Island. Luncheons typically take place at noon and are attended via Zoom (participants also have the option of dialing in by phone).

Most, if not all of our Island businesses order products and materials from Seattle, having them shipped up by mail or barge, later using them for wholesale or retail. Until recently, Alaska businesses would be exempt from paying Washington sales tax on those products simply by demonstrating that they reside in Alaska and that the products are being shipped to Alaska (usually an Alaska business license would suffice).

In 2019, Washington lawmakers amended the sales tax exemption law for out-of-state residents and businesses, making it challenging for Alaska businesses to claim exemption from Washington State sales tax at the time of purchase. Since that time, Alaska leaders have been working on a process by which Alaska businesses may qualify for an exemption from Washington State sales tax on certain orders.

Join the Chamber Virtual Luncheon at noon on October 26 to hear more about this process from Clinton Singletary, Statewide Municipal Sales Tax Director for the Alaska Municipal Sales Tax Program.

To join the virtual luncheon, please contact the Chamber office by phone at (907) 755-2626, by email at, or watch for meeting information on the Chamber Facebook page.

If you find this information to be beneficial to your business and you are not currently a member of the Chamber, please consider supporting the Prince of Wales Chamber by becoming a member. If you are currently a member and have a passion for issues that affect our local businesses, I encourage you to join the Board of Directors.

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