|Rank||Avg. Local |
|Rank||Max Local |
|New Jersey (e)||6.625%||8||0.03%||6.6%||30||3.313%|
|New Mexico (c)||5%||32||2.72%||7.72%||16||3.813%|
|South Dakota (c)||4.5%||36||1.9%||6.4%||32||4.5%|
|(a) City, county and municipal rates vary. These rates are weighted by population to compute an average local tax rate.|
(b) Three states levy mandatory, statewide, local add-on sales taxes at the state level: California (1%), Utah (1.25%), and Virginia (1%). We include these in their state sales tax.
(c) The sales taxes in Hawaii, New Mexico, and South Dakota have broad bases that include many business-to-business services.
(d) Special taxes in local resort areas are not counted here.
(e) Salem County, N.J., is not subject to the statewide sales tax rate and collects a local rate of 3.3125%. New Jersey’s local score is represented as a negative.
Sources: Sales Tax Clearinghouse; Tax Foundation calculations; State Revenue Department websites.
A sales tax calculator is a tool that calculates the amount of sales tax that will be added to a purchase based on the purchase price and the applicable tax rate. Sales tax calculators are commonly used by consumers to estimate the total cost of a purchase, including tax.
To use a sales tax calculator, simply enter the purchase price and the applicable tax rate into the calculator, and the calculator will automatically calculate the amount of sales tax that will be added to the purchase price. Some sales tax calculators may also provide a breakdown of the total cost, including tax.
State sales taxes are taxes that are imposed by the state government on retail sales of goods and services within the state. Local sales taxes, on the other hand, are taxes that are imposed by local governments (such as cities, counties, or municipalities) on top of the state sales tax. The total sales tax rate for a purchase will depend on the combined state and local tax rates that apply.
Sales tax rates are determined by state and local governments. In the United States, each state has its own sales tax rate, which is typically a percentage of the purchase price. Local governments may also impose additional sales taxes on top of the state sales tax. The total sales tax rate for a purchase will depend on the combined state and local tax rates that apply.
No, sales taxes are not typically included in the advertised price of goods or services. Instead, the sales tax is added to the purchase price at the time of sale. However, some businesses may choose to advertise prices that include the sales tax as a way of simplifying the purchasing process for consumers.
Yes, there may be exemptions or special rules that apply to sales tax, depending on the jurisdiction and the type of purchase. For example, some states may exempt certain types of goods or services from sales tax (such as groceries or prescription drugs), while others may impose additional taxes on specific items (such as luxury goods or cigarettes). Additionally, some states may offer sales tax holidays, during which certain purchases are exempt from sales tax for a limited period of time.
No, sales tax and value-added tax (VAT) are two different types of taxes. Sales tax is a tax that is imposed on the sale of goods and services at the retail level, while VAT is a tax that is imposed on the value added at each stage of production and distribution of goods and services. VAT is commonly used in many countries outside of the United States.
In some cases, sales tax may be refunded or deducted. For example, if a business purchases goods for resale, it may be able to deduct the sales tax paid on those purchases from its own sales tax liability. Additionally, some states may offer sales tax refunds for purchases made by certain groups (such as non-residents or military personnel). However, the rules for sales tax refunds and deductions can vary widely by jurisdiction, so it's important to check with the relevant tax authorities for specific guidance.
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