If you're investing your time and resources into running a business selling goods or services, it can be helpful to know what the sales tax rate is for a particular location. Alternatively, if you're a consumer about to invest in a new purchase, knowing what the sales tax rate is can also help you plan ahead especially if the item is expensive.
At its core, sales tax is a tax imposed by the government on the sale of goods and services with the purpose of collecting necessary revenue for communities. It varies wildly depending on location. Sometimes, different levels of government may even impose their own sales tax which adds to the total sales tax that is collected during a sale.
Our detailed sales tax database covers the entirety of the United States and Canada. As far as Canada goes, sales tax manifests itself in the form of a good and services tax (GST), various provincial sales taxes (PST) with different names, and a harmonized sales tax (HST).
In addition to all this, our database also includes sales tax charts that can serve as easy lookup tables, calculators where you can calculate the sales tax amounts for different rates, and brief summaries of each location.
Simply select a region below and you'll be able to search and lookup sales tax rates for any location based on either the state, province, county, borough, parish, municipality, city, or zip code.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is sales tax?
Sales tax is a tax paid to the government for the sales of certain goods and services. Typically, sales tax is paid for by the buyer at the point of purchase which is then collected by the seller and remitted to the government. Many places often have laws that exempt certain goods or services from sales tax with common ones including food, essentials, and medicine. More details can be found within each of our regional sales tax databases and calculators.
How do I calculate sales tax?
Sales tax is generally calculated by taking the sales tax rate and multiplying by the total amount of a sale. The tricky part of this is knowing what the sales tax rate is. With so much variation depending on location, it is a good idea to rely on a comprehensive and frequently updated sales tax database and calculator.