Sales Tax Rates By State
(Total Including Maximum Local Surtax)
New Hampshire: 0%
New Jersey: 7%
New Mexico: 8.56%
New York: 8.88%
North Carolina: 7.25%
North Dakota: 7%
Rhode Island: 7%
South Carolina: 9%
South Dakota: 6%
West Virginia: 6%
State Sales Tax Defined:
Sales tax in the United States is government-enforced and issued levies that are typically viewed as an added cost, placed onto the price of goods or services.
The sales tax in the United States is a form of consumption tax, which is delivered as a percentage and placed on the purchase of goods, such as clothing.
The sales tax is collected by local government departments to help fund and deliver public goods to the underlying community. Each state in America contains different rules for applying a sales tax. Some state laws are more advantageous to the taxpayer for certain purchases or transactions. This policy and interpretative contrast is crucial to understand especially if the taxpayer is planning to run a business in a particular state.
Not all goods purchased are met with a sales tax. Typically items that are viewed as necessities, such as food, are not administered with an additional taxation.
The sales tax is collected by the merchant of the store or retail shop in which the goods were purchased. Typically, only consumers are charged a sales tax; the levy does not apply to resellers or manufacturers of the goods.
As is common with most local laws or taxation models, the percentage of the sales tax as well as the presence of a sales tax, will differentiate based on state interpretation. For instance, sales taxes are levied by every state except: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon. Furthermore, the presence of a sales tax and the attached percentage rate may fluctuate at the county or municipal level.