# Sales Tax Calculator

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## What is Sales Tax?

A sales tax is a tax on the sale of goods and services. The tax is generally calculated as a percentage of the sale price.

Sales tax is typically imposed on all retail sales, but some states exempt certain items from the tax. For example, food and prescription drugs may be exempt from sales tax in some states.

Sales tax is generally collected by the seller at the time of sale. The seller then remits the tax to the state.

Some states allow buyers to self-report and remit the tax, while others require that the tax be paid directly to the state.

Sales tax rates vary from state to state, but the average rate is around 5%.

## U.S. Sales Tax

The U.S. Sales Tax is a tax imposed on the sale of goods and services in the United States. The tax is calculated as a percentage of the purchase price of the good or service. The tax rate varies from state to state, and some states do not have a sales tax.

In general, the tax is imposed on the sale of tangible personal property and certain services. Tangible personal property includes items such as furniture, clothing, and automobiles. Services that are subject to the tax include repairs, installation, and maintenance services.

Some states exempt certain items from the sales tax, such as food and medicine. Other states exempt certain types of businesses, such as churches and non-profit organizations.

## How to Calculate Sales Tax

To calculate the sales tax on a purchase with a different sales tax rate, the purchase price would be multiplied by the sales tax rate. For example, if the sales tax rate is 9 percent and the total purchase price is \$100, the amount of sales tax owed would be \$9.

## Sales Tax Calculation Formulas

• Sales tax rate = sales tax percent / 100
• Sales tax = list price * sales tax rate
• Total price including tax = list price + sales tax, or
• Total price including tax = list price + (list price * sales tax rate), or
• Total price including tax = list price * ( 1 + sales tax rate)

The following is an overview of the sales tax rates for different states.

 State General State Sales Tax Max Tax Rate with Local/City Sale Tax Alabama 4% 13.50% Alaska 0% 7% Arizona 5.60% 10.73% Arkansas 6.50% 11.63% California 7.25% 10.50% Colorado 2.90% 10% Connecticut 6.35% 6.35% Delaware 0% 0% District of Columbia 6% 6% Florida 6% 7.50% Georgia 4% 8% Guam 4% 4% Hawaii 4.17% 4.71% Idaho 6% 8.50% Illinois 6.25% 10.25% Indiana 7% 7% Iowa 6% 7% Kansas 6.50% 11.50% Kentucky 6% 6% Louisiana 4.45% 11.45% Maine 5.50% 5.50% Maryland 6% 6% Massachusetts 6.25% 6.25% Michigan 6% 6% Minnesota 6.88% 7.88% Mississippi 7% 7.25% Missouri 4.23% 10.85% Montana 0% 0% Nebraska 5.50% 7.50% Nevada 6.85% 8.25% New Hampshire 0% 0% New Jersey 6.63% 12.63% New Mexico 5.13% 8.69% New York 4% 8.88% North Carolina 4.75% 7.50% North Dakota 5% 8% Ohio 5.75% 8% Oklahoma 4.50% 11% Oregon 0% 0% Pennsylvania 6% 8% Puerto Rico 10.50% 11.50% Rhode Island 7% 7% South Carolina 6% 9% South Dakota 4% 6% Tennessee 7% 9.75% Texas 6.25% 8.25% Utah 5.95% 8.35% Vermont 6% 7% Virginia 5.30% 6% Washington 6.50% 10.40% West Virginia 6% 7% Wisconsin 5% 6.75% Wyoming 4% 6%