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Monday Map: State and Local Sales Tax Rates, 2011

By: Nick Kasprak

Today’s map shows the state-local combined sales taxA sales tax is levied on retail sales of goods and services and, ideally, should apply to all final consumption with few exemptions. Many governments exempt goods like groceries; base broadening, such as including groceries, could keep rates lower. A sales tax should exempt business-to-business transactions which, when taxed, cause tax pyramiding. rate in each state. Since city, county, and municipal rates vary, the rates are weighted by population to compute an average local taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. rate.


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(Note: this map has been corrected since it was first published.)