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What is the regional transit authority tax?

It is a voter-approved tax that affects most major metropolitan areas of Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. This tax increases the sales and use tax, motor vehicle excise tax (MVET), and the rental car tax.


How do I pay the tax?

Businesses report the tax collected from consumers to the Department of Revenue on the excise tax return.


What rate do I pay?

The sales and use tax rate increase for RTA areas is 0.9 percent. The rental car tax rate increase for RTA areas is 0.8 percent. The motor vehicle excise tax is collected by the Department of Licensing.


What are the funds used for?

The revenue generated from the regional authority tax will be used to create a regional light rail and express bus system that will link Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and other cities.

More information


Visit Sound Transit's web site for detailed information, answers to frequently asked questions, and direct contact information.