How to File and Pay Sales Tax in Washington, D.C.

by | Nov 13, 2019

Quick Answer: This blog gives instructions on how to file and pay sales tax in Washington, D.C. with the FR-800M Return, a return commonly used by out-of-state sellers.  Once a return is submitted, a payment can be made electronically. 

Do You Need to File a Washington, D.C. Sales Tax Return?

Once you have an active sales tax permit in Washington, D.C., you will need to begin filing sales tax returns. Not sure if you need a permit in Washington, D.C.?  No problem. Check out our blog, Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Washington, D.C.?  Also, If you would rather ask someone else to handle your Washington, D.C. filings, our team at TaxValet can handle that for you with our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service. We specialize in eliminating the stress and hassle of sales tax.


How to File a Return on Washington, D.C.’s Website

Step 1: The first step in filing your Washington, D.C. sales tax return is to log in at  Once you log in, you will be on your homepage.

If you do not have a username and password, you will need to click on “Sign-up to use”  and then follow the instructions for signing up.  

Step 2: Select the account you are filing the return for (Sales & Use Tax, in this case).

Step 3: Select the appropriate filing period.

Step 4: Start answering the questions and entering your sales data.

Step 5: Once you are sure your data is correct, click “Next”.

Step 6: Click “Submit” and you are done. Pretty easy, right?  You have now officially filed your return.

Make sure to save the confirmation number that comes up on the screen. We also recommend saving a copy of the return for your records.

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How to Pay Washington, D.C. Sales Tax

You are now ready to make a payment. In this example, we will be paying with a checking account. 

Click on “Payment information”. This will bring up your payment information. If you need to change your payment information, click “Change your payment information” found in the middle of the screen. Next, enter the payment amount and date.

That is it!  You have now made your payment to Washington, D.C.!


Things to Consider After Filing a Sales Tax Return in Washington, D.C.

If you forgot to print or save your return, don’t worry.  You still can!

To print or save your return, go back to your homepage and click on “Submissions”. Under “I want to” choose “Print Submission”.

How to Get Help Filing a Washington, D.C. Sales Tax Return

Lastly, here is the contact information for the state in case you end up needing any help:

Phone: (202) 727-4TAX or (202) 727-4829

Fax: (202) 442-6890

If instead, you are looking for a team of experts to handle your sales tax returns for you each month, you should check out our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in becoming a client!

Disclaimer: Our attorney wanted you to know that no financial, tax, legal advice or opinion is given through this post. All information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your specific situation and is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Information is provided “as is” and without warranty.

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