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

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by zmarty, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. zmarty

    zmarty Member

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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 [email protected]. 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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  2. DinoJuice

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    Definitely curious how this is panning out. I'm working on scheduling my electrician now and already procured a wall-charger from the online store.

    Nick
     
  3. zmarty

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    The update is that the electrician did mail me a check for the installation tax, but Tesla is MIA for the Wall Charger tax refund. I already sent them two e-mails. I will probably have to call them and waste my time.
     
  4. zmarty

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    Since the Tesla Shop e-mail did not reply, today I sent a message to Tesla about the Wall Charger tax from inside the My Tesla website. Will keep you posted.
     
  5. smf81

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but did anyone ever figure out how to buy a Tesla Wall Connector using the WA sales tax exemption?
     
  6. zmarty

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    Here is an update: After contacting Tesla Shop by e-mail twice, and after contacting once through the Tesla account contact form, I decided to go for the nuclear option and the fourth time I checked the "Executive Escalation" checkbox. Within one day they answered with this:

    "...I've sent a request to our finance and online orders team to process a refund for the tax paid on this charger. Thanks for letting us know..."

    Will let you know if they actually refund me.
     

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