PSA: You are exempt from WA state tax for EVSE (HPWC) installations - and for the HPWC itself!

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In Washington State, if you are paying an electrician to install an EVSE like the Tesla Wall Charger, you should not pay State tax.

Please refer to RCW 82.08.816 to check for yourselves. I called the Department of Revenue for Washington State today to confirm this. They agreed I should not have paid tax for my HPWC installation. They told me to give my electrician this BUYERS’ RETAIL SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE form. In that form at the top fill in the details about your electrician, then check box 2b, then at the bottom check Individual, fill in your name and address, and sign. That's it.

My electrician agreed to refund me the tax.

Couple of other interesting things:

  • The Tesla shop also charged me tax for the HPWC so I filled in another form and sent it to OnlineOrders@tesla.com. Will update this thread with their reply.
  • If you look at the RCW, or you look in the form under box 2a, it seems the batteries inside electrical vehicles are also tax exempt. Very interesting, should investigate this further.
 
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In Washington State, if you are paying an electrician to install an EVSE like the Tesla Wall Charger, you should not pay State tax.

Please refer to RCW 82.08.816 to check for yourselves. I called the Department of Revenue for Washington State today to confirm this. They agreed I should not have paid tax for my HPWC installation. They told me to give my electrician this BUYERS’ RETAIL SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE form. In that form at the top fill in the details about your electrician, then check box 2b, then at the bottom check Individual, fill in your name and address, and sign. That's it.

My electrician agreed to refund me the tax.

Couple of other interesting things:

  • The Tesla shop also charged me tax for the HPWC so I filled in another form and sent it to OnlineOrders@tesla.com. Will update this thread with their reply.
  • If you look at the RCW, or you look in the form under box 2a, it seems the batteries inside electrical vehicles are also tax exempt. Very interesting, should investigate this further.
that is correct. My electrician did not charge me sales tax. I filled the tax form.
 

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In Washington State, if you are paying an electrician to install an EVSE like the Tesla Wall Charger, you should not pay State tax.

Please refer to RCW 82.08.816 to check for yourselves. I called the Department of Revenue for Washington State today to confirm this.
Thanks for this. My install needed a new service drop from the street so it will be more expensive than your typical install. I thought the electric car charger exemption had expired. Maybe I'm thinking of a federal credit?
 

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Thanks for this. My install needed a new service drop from the street so it will be more expensive than your typical install. I thought the electric car charger exemption had expired. Maybe I'm thinking of a federal credit?
federal did expire (2016), but we have a little time on the tax exempt for infrastructure.