If I buy, over the internet, a gift that is going to a non-sales-tax state (OR) resident do I still pay my local (WA) sales tax? Or, should I just drive to their place in OR and have them buy it? This would save me ~$200 in sales tax.

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    Typically it's about shipping location, but rules vary by state so it matters which state the company you buy from is in and/or if they have a nexus in the recipients state.
    – Hart CO
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 4:31
  • Is driving to OR worth the tax savings? How much will it cost round-trip in gas and tolls? More importantly, how much of your time would it take, and how much do you value your time?
    – yoozer8
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 12:17

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Washington state, where I assume you are located, looks to be a destination-based sales tax state. From the page, emphasis added by me.

Destination-based sales tax means that if a retailer delivers or ships merchandise to a buyer in Washington, the sales tax is collected based on the rate at the location where the buyer receives or takes possession of the merchandise. This only affects shipments and deliveries to locations within Washington State.

Thus it is most likely that you would not pay sales tax to a delivery to another state, even if you reside in WA.

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