Sales Taxes

Sales taxes are a form of excise levied when a good or services is sold to its final consumer. Sales taxes are levied at both the state and local level, and commonly exempt food, utilities and other necessities from taxation. Since state sales taxes only apply to purchases within a state’s borders, they are typically accompanied by a use tax that applies to the use, storage, or other consumption within the state of goods or services purchased out of state. 

Explore State and Local Sales Tax Rates

Online Sales Taxes

Related Articles

Sources of Government Revenue in the OECD, 2014

November 12, 2014

Tens of Thousands Protest Internet Tax in Hungary

October 29, 2014

The Internet Tax Freedom Act and the Internet Economy

October 27, 2014

The Pease Limitation on Itemized Deductions Is Really a Surtax

October 16, 2014

How High Are Cell Phone Taxes In Your State?

October 8, 2014

Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014

October 8, 2014

DC Tax Reform Package Starts Taking Effect

October 1, 2014

Businesses Paid Nearly $671 Billion in State and Local Taxes Last Year

September 29, 2014

How High Are Sales Taxes in Your State?

September 18, 2014

State and Local Sales Tax Rates Midyear 2014

September 16, 2014

House September Agenda Includes Potential Tax Changes

September 11, 2014

Governor Rick Scott Offers Mixed Bag of Tax Proposals for Florida

September 3, 2014

Massachusetts Belatedly Approves Sales Tax Holiday

August 11, 2014

Scott Drenkard and Liz Malm in Today’s Washington Post

August 10, 2014

New Report Quantifies “Tax Cronyism”

August 8, 2014

Sales Tax Holidays: Politically Expedient but Poor Tax Policy 2014

July 31, 2014

The Marketplace Fairness Act: A Primer

July 14, 2014

IRS Penalties Force Colorado Marijuana Retailers to Face Higher Tax Burdens

July 11, 2014

New Jersey Budget Avoids Harmful Temporary Tax Hikes, Allows For State “Amazon Tax”

July 11, 2014

When Did Your State Adopt Its Sales Tax?

July 11, 2014