How much does a funeral cost?
The cost of a funeral or memorial service has a wide range, based upon the services and merchandise selected. It is similar to asking, "How much does a wedding cost?" The funeral bill is separated into three categories.
Professional services are the cost of hiring a funeral home to serve a family when a death occurs. This includes basic overhead, including staff, use of facilities, automobiles and the costs associated with running a business. There is no sales tax on professional services in Washington State.
Merchandise costs are related to the products purchased from the funeral home, including caskets, vaults and urns. These charges incur a sales tax charge in the state of Washington.
Third party expenses are those costs incurred by the funeral home on behalf of a family, including minister honorarium, death certificates and obituaries.