How High Are Sales Taxes in Your State?
September 18, 2014
This week's map shows the state sales tax rate, plus the average local rate, for each state as of July 1, 2014. This data comes from a bi-annual sales tax report we released yesterday which details each state’s statewide sales tax rate, along with its maximum and average local sales tax rates.
Tennessee has the highest average combined rate at 9.45%, and is followed closely by Arkansas (9.24%) and Louisiana (8.91%). On the other end of the spectrum are states with no sales taxes: Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.
One thing that is important to remember here is that state and local tax rates are only part of the total sales tax story. Equally important are sales tax bases—what the tax applies to—which can have a palpable impact on how much the tax collects in revenue and how the tax effects the economy. In this regard, Hawaii is generally considered to have the broadest sales tax rate, as their “General Excise Tax” taxes many products multiple times in the production chain as opposed to just one time at the point of final consumption.