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Washington’s Revenue Dept. creates free app that lists sales tax anywhere

Not long ago we mentioned the interesting new iPhone app that tells you what the real price of a bottle of booze is at the cashier stand.

This week's iPhone App of the Week: A state Revenue Dept. app that looks up the exact retail tax rates anywhere in Washington staete.

The iPhone or iPad app was just released and is available at

An Android app is on the way, according to a press release.

It's free and was developed to help businesses that make deliveries or provide retail services at multiple locations in the state.

The app will be particularly useful to mobile businesses such as contractors who need to code sales tax to the location where a service is performed.  It also will help retailers who ship products from one location to another.  Under Washington law, the sales tax must be coded to the destination of a shipped or delivered product.

Businesses can use GPS or key in an address to get the rate, location code, and a confirmation code.  They also can save the info to a list or forward it to another phone or email address and calculate the total due from the customer.

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