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What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 12:27 pm

With the previous discussion on sales tax deductability, I thought I would pose the question:

What is your sales tax rate?

Ours is 9.75% on everything

It does top out on some big ticket items at $1,600.00, however
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 12:31 pm

Well here in Canada we have the GST (Goods and services tax) which is 7% and then most provinces have their own sales tax called PST (Provincial sales tax) which varies province to province and is on top of the GST. I live in Alberta which has no PST Big grin If it wasn't for GST we'd have no sales tax whatsoever.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 12:41 pm

Hey, VonRichie; I'm jealous of your sales tax.  Laugh out loud
Here, in good ole Ontariario, we pay the 7% GST... PLUS an 8% PST. Yes, folks... That's an additional $15 on your $100 purchase. You can see how that really adds up when you purchase big-ticket items such as a fridge or stove, washer or dryer.... Or a car :-{
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 12:48 pm

Here in Massachusetts we pay 5% on purchases, however items such as groceries, clothing and magazines (I believe the tax is built into the price) are tax free.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:21 pm

5% sales tax here in South Carolina, but there's allowance for local option taxes - as a result, if you go into Columbia proper and eat at a restaurant you'll pay 5% tax plus an extra 2% hospitality tax. The idea was originally to raise money to build a new ballpark for our minor league baseball team, but that went nowhere, unlike the team, which plans on moving to GSP.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:24 pm

7.5% on non-food items.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:25 pm

Well, the danish equivalent of the sales tax (I think) is called "Moms" - and it's a whopping 25% applied to most goods.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:30 pm

Our sales tax is 4.25% here in NY.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 4:25 pm

The Yukon has 7% General Sales Tax like the rest of Canada; but because we are a Territory, no Provintial Sales Tax for us!


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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 4:45 pm

Actually, CanadianNorth, GST stands for Goods and Services Tax... But, I'm sure you already knew that ;-]
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 6:16 pm

Boeing7E7,
then you don't want to know what I pay in regular taxes  Insane
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 6:31 pm

For sales taxes, we've got the "Mehrwertsteuer" (Value Added Tax) here in Germany: 7% for food, 16% for just about everything else (I think there are one or two other exemptions from the 16% rate, but I'm not sure - I think newspapers and magazines also have a lower rate)...
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 7:13 pm

Leskova

you are right. 7% for food (except luxury food like caviar, lobster), books, some kind of art, public transport, some agriculture and forestry products, milk, animal feed.

And from time to time, particularly when our national tax revenue is decreasing, we have a debate about raising these VAT.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:25 pm

Our sales tax is 4.25% here in NY.

Plus various county/city rates. New York's rate structure is actually less confusing than many states. Missouri may be the dubious champion in that regard, with something like 500 rates throughout the state.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:31 pm

In Houston, it's 8.25%; outside city limits, it's 7.25%

When you stay at a hotel or rent a car, it's a lot more (got to pay for those new stadiums somehow!)

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:35 pm

That puzzles me with the americans, im some places they give u the before tax price, only to confuse people when the check out.

In south africa we have vat at 14% and it is built into the price, what u see on the shelf is what u are paying for the product and the business then does their vat. I think in some cases vat is not valid.

Eg in Coca-Cola seel coke to a supermarket then coke dont add the VAT but the supermarket does.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:49 pm

When you stay at a hotel or rent a car, it's a lot more (got to pay for those new stadiums somehow!)

Sales tax surcharges on hotel rooms and rental cars are easy to impose from a political standpoint. Most of the people who pay them are from other cities or states, and therefore can't vote against the politicians who imposed them.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:51 pm

Imonti that last line is not quite true, the whole point of "value added tax" is that you charge tax on the added value. Coca Cola will charge the supermarket VAT on the cost price of the coke, just like Coca Cola pays VAT on the cost of the raw materials for making that same coke.

You're obviously too young to remember but the first added tax we had here was GST at 4% which was introduced in 1978. At that time the shops had the choice of including or excluding the tax which caused no end of confusion, so when VAT replaced GST in 1991 it had to be included in consumer prices. At that time it was 10% and was increased to 14% in 1993. VAT is levied on all consumer goods except gold which is zero VAT rated.

I sell medical capital equipment and we always quote excluding VAT as the buyer can usually claim the VAT as capital input tax so we quote them what their real cost will be.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 11:42 pm

It's 7% here, including state and local taxes (our city and county governments merged and are one entity, so the county = the city).
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 11:46 pm

We pay 8.25% here in Central Texas.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 11:55 pm

Where I live (Clayton County), our sales tax rate is 7%; in the City of Atlanta, they just recently upped theirs to 8% to help pay for the upgrades to their outdated (some sections were build in the late 1800s) and overloaded sewer system.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 12:25 am

In New Jeresy, the rate is 6%, although some cities (i.e.: Newark, Elizibeth - except EWR site - Camdem, Paterson, Passaic, Jersey City) have a 3% rate. Sales tax is not charged on most food (except prepared foods, snack foods, resturant meals), clothing, medical products, or 'necessities' like toilet paper. There are also additional sales taxes above the general sales tax , an 'accomidation tax' for hotels and a $2/day on car rentals for 'homeland security', mainly to pay for overtime for and additional state and local police. With some exemptions (including Atlantic City and selected parts of Elizabeth) the rate is consistant and there are no local sales taxes.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 12:56 am

In the City of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), sales tax is 7%. There is no tax on groceries. In the suburbs, sales tax is only 6%. But I sure wish I went to Delaware more often...they don't have sales tax.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 1:54 am

In the city of Chicago it is 8.75% excpept for restaurant meals which are at 9.75%, and food which is 2%. No sales tax on newspapers or magazines.
 
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Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:54 am

That puzzles me with the americans, im some places they give u the before tax price, only to confuse people when the check out.


That's so you can compare prices across a wide range of sources because of the numerous different tax rates. It's also more expensive for retailers. (Can you imagine the cost of printing 400 different price tags for a single item for national retailers?)
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 3:39 am

It's what we call in France "Tax on Added Value" or "Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée (TVA)".

We have 3 of them, depending on the good.
- 5% : reduced TVA
- 19,6 % : normal TVA for most things.
- 33 % (not sure): TVA on luxury goods (ie not necessary for standard living).
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 3:51 am

We have 7.5% in Tallahassee and
in Broward Counter 6% sales Tax.

The solution for us is to buy from outside the state and get our stuff tax-free.

We should have tax included on the price tags of things. I dont care 'how are it is for stores,' I could care less about stuff being easyer for stores, what I care about it stuff being easyer for the consumer. Why, when I go buy my Evian water in the US I see 1.79 but then I pay almost 2 dollars for it. Publix can just put the price with tax on. SO I know I am just paying 2 bucks for it not 1.79+1.075. Ugh.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:34 am

We have a similar system to the one followed in America: different states set different rates. In my state, depending on what you're buying, ST can be anywhere from 0 to 20-something percent. However, if I buy from out of state, I don't avoid the tax but have to pay a 4% Central Sales Tax, that the central government gets.

We'be been trying to implement VAt though. Might happen within the year.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:39 am

We have the GST at 7% as previously mentioned by other Canadians, but, living in Ontario as i do we have an additional 8% Provincial tax thrust upon us.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:13 am

"Our sales tax is 4.25% here in NY."

Where in NY do you live, though? Here in beautiful Onondaga County (Syracuse and the surrounding suburbs), it's 8.25%. I saw on the news this past Wednesday that 'officials' are proposing another raise, to 9.25%. It really is rediculous, but not as out-of-hand as some have it.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:30 am

Panam30 wrote: Where in NY do you live, though? Here in beautiful Onondaga County (Syracuse and the surrounding suburbs), it's 8.25%. I saw on the news this past Wednesday that 'officials' are proposing another raise, to 9.25%. It really is rediculous, but not as out-of-hand as some have it.

I live in Suffolk county where the county tax rate is 8.75%
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:51 am

In the Netherlands we pay 19% BTW value added tax on 'luxury' items, and 6% on other things: food and drink - except alcohol; books and newspapers; agricultural products and services, entry to museums and concerts, hairstylists, and such like.

And of course 0% BTW/VAT/IDA/TVA/Sales Tax, call it what you will, on airline tickets  Big thumbs up
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 6:07 am

All over the UK it is 17.5% VAT. It is included in the price shown, and so it is not added when you go to pay.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 6:11 am

VAT is 17.5% here, I'm not sure to which items it applies to and which it doesn't, but I haven't heard of any other 'special' rate other than the standard 17.5%.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 10:58 am

In Gainesville, FL, the combined rate is 7.00%. However at the end of August, voters narrowly (by just over 100 votes) approved an additional .25% for community health care. Now on the Nov 2 ballot they've got 2 x .5% additional proposals to fund road improvement and recreational facilities.

I'll bet both measures pass, therefore in the course of just over 3 months we will have increased our sales tax rate by almost 18%.

To add insult to injury (and to illustrate just out of control the judiciary is in our country), we just got rid of a 1% surcharge ordered by the chief judge in Alachua county to fund a new courthouse because he didn't like old one and said it was over crowded. Note that he didn't implement night court, instead he order the county commission to either increase property tax or increase the sales tax rate to fund the new courthouse.

Instead of building a bare bones facility, it has marble floors and a bunch of other really nice "necessities".

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:01 am

In Monroe County, NY (home of Crapchester), we face a daunting 8% sales tax, which explains why the biggest shopping area in the region is Just over the line in Ontario County, where the rate is a paltry 7%.

Don't get me started on fuel taxes.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:08 am

We pay 6% on everything but food items (no tax on food, except some candy). A lot of people drive across the boarder to Minnesota to go shopping for clothes as there is no sales tax there. Soon we will be paying tax on gum! How ridiculous! So much for the easy $.25 for 5 sticks of gum!
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Mon Oct 11, 2004 2:25 pm

Here in Anchorage there is no sales tax. There is however a hotel room tax and I believe there is a car rental tax.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:21 pm

Like all of Canada, 7% GST and another PST for the beautiful British Columbia of 7.5%. A real pain in the ass when you're buying, say, a car. If the car's sale price is high (luxury cars) it could be as high as 10% PST so 17% on top of MSRP. Ouch!

Back home in Malaysia, only a GST of 5% and it's included in price quotations. I like it that way!
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:30 pm

VAT tax in Israel applies to all goods and services. The rate is 17% for any amount.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:52 pm

If you are talking about GST (goods and Services Tax), here in NZ it is 12.5%.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:57 pm

As far as I'm aware ...

The general VAT over here is 20%, but there are few exceptions (food, building materials, etc.) where the VAT is 8.5%.

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:09 am

Sales Tax Rates


2.50% City of Centennial
2.90% State of Colorado
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0.10% Football Stadium (FD)
0.10% Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:03 am

In the City of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), sales tax is 7%. There is no tax on groceries. In the suburbs, sales tax is only 6%.

I don't believe PA chages a sales tax on clothing items either.
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Tue Oct 12, 2004 3:00 am

Generally in the USA, sales taxes are not included within the price of the product. One reason is that if a product is to be resold, then the final purchaser/end user would be the payer of the sales tax. For example, a car repair shop needs brake pads for a customer's car, they purchase them from the car parts store but they don't pay sales tax to them, but rather, the customer who's car get the parts installed pays sales tax then to the car repair shop. (the business must present an exemption/resale registration certificate or number). Second, is that sales taxes are not paid by registered charity/not-for-profit organizations, upon presentation of an exemption certificate. Third is when a company purchases equipment for use at their business (like computers), then it may also be exempt, with presentation of a tax exemption certificate or number, even if the end user.
 
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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Tue Oct 12, 2004 3:17 am

Here's a recent breakdown of local, county and state taxes assessed for people and businesses in Phoenix, AZ:

http://phoenix.gov/PLT/ctr0601.html

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RE: What Is Your Sales Tax Rate?

Tue Oct 12, 2004 4:45 am

6% sales tax here in Michigan.
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