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Q:  How does use tax apply to watercraft?

A:  Watercraft used for pleasure or commercial purposes is subject to use tax on the date it first enters Washington. Use tax is based on the value which is usually determined by the Automated Valuing System.

See our Vessel Brokers and Dealers Guide or the Commercial Vessel Tax brochure for information on commercial vessels.

More registration information is available from the Department of Licensing.

More information
Vessel Brokers and Dealers guide
Commercial Vessel Tax brochure (pdf)
Department of Licensing
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