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Sales of bottled water are subject to sales or use tax effective August 1, 2017.

What is bottled water?

Bottled water is water sold in a safety-sealed container or package. Bottled water is calorie free and does not contain sweeteners or other additives except that it may contain: antimicrobial agents; fluoride; carbonation; vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, oxygen, preservatives and only those flavors, extracts, or essences derived from a spice or fruit.

Bottled water includes water that is delivered to the buyer in a reusable, safety-sealed container.

Bottled water does not include ice or water that is dispensed from a self-service dispenser.

SNAP (food stamp) program

Sellers do not need to collect sales tax if a buyer is purchasing bottled water under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.

For more information from the Department of Revenue, click here.

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

Olympia, WA 98502

Tel: 360-753-5177


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