Sales Tax Calculator for All U.S. Cities
Sales Tax Breakdown Chart
Sales Tax Breakdown Table
What You Should Know
- This sales tax calculator enables you to estimate the sales tax rate applicable to your area as well as the amount you have to pay in sales tax.
- The sale tax calculator also provides a clear breakdown of the combined tax rate into the state, county, city, and special tax rates.
- Understanding how to calculate sales tax rates may help you understand the difference between the final cost of the item and the list price.
About This Sale Tax Calculator
This calculator enables you to estimate how much you have to pay in sales tax for all U.S. cities. This calculator requires you to input a state, county, and city as well as the purchase price before tax. Using these inputs, the calculator will estimate how much state and local sales tax you will have to pay on the goods and services you are planning to purchase. This sales tax calculator has only 4 inputs making it very easy to work with.
Sale Tax Calculator Inputs
|State||The state of the city you are looking for sales tax.|
|County||The county of the city you are looking for sales tax.|
|City||The city you are looking for sales tax.|
|Before Tax Price||The amount you are looking to calculate the sales tax for.|
The results section of the calculator allows you to see a detailed distribution of the sales tax into the state-level sales tax rate and local sales tax rates. The state sales tax rate is usually the same throughout the state. On the other hand, different municipalities may have local taxing jurisdiction and local tax laws.
How to Calculate Sales Tax
Understanding how sales tax is charged is important because it is an added tax that is charged on most goods and services produced in the US economy. A person who knows about this tax understands that the cost of the items is higher relative to the list price of the items. Most areas in the United States have a form of a sales tax, so it is important to understand how to calculate sales tax.
The sales tax charged in different cities may range drastically because there are sales taxes that are charged on different government levels. The state-level sales tax is usually the same throughout the state. County sales tax usually applies throughout the county. City sales tax is charged by a single municipality, and special sales tax rates may be limited to a certain area or even a single zip code.
To estimate your sales tax rate, you should find your combined sales tax rate by adding up state tax, county tax, city tax, and special tax rates. Once you know your combined sales tax rate, you can calculate the tax you need to pay by multiplying the combined tax rate by the amount spent before tax. The total amount you will have to pay for a product or service is the price before tax plus the applicable sales tax.
It might be difficult to find county, city, and special sales tax rates for some areas, so there is an easier way to calculate sales tax. Instead of finding all applicable taxes, you can look at state-level sales tax rates only or take the maximum local sales tax rate. This will allow you to approximate the sales tax rate without doing in-depth research. The following table provides the sales tax rates by state and the maximum local sales tax in each state.
Sales Tax Rates by State Chart
|State Name||State-Level Sales Tax||Maximum Combined Sales Tax|
|District of Columbia||6.00%||6.00%|
It is important to note that, unlike income tax, sales tax is applied toward most purchases. Many budgeting strategies suggest users take into account the after-tax income. Since the sales tax is being paid at the time of purchase of a good or a service, it must be accounted for in budgeting strategies that distribute income into multiple categories like the 50/30/20 rule. This means that if you are planning to buy a $1,000 item with a 5% tax, you have to budget in $1,050 for that item.