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There is a 15.6% hotel tax in Seattle for hotels with more than 60 rooms, 9.5% for properties with fewer than 60 rooms (another benefit for staying in bed-and-breakfasts and small boutique properties); in Bellevue the rates are 12% and 9.5%, respectively. Renting a car in Seattle will set you back 17.2% in tax, and there are additional taxes for renting cars at the airport.
The sales tax in Seattle is 9.5% and is applied to all purchases except groceries and prescription drugs.