Are State Sales Tax Rates Different For Different Goods?

The sales state tax rates vary by state and product. There are general sales tax rates as well as rates for food, prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs. Determining the different sales tax rates for different states requires a state by state analysis. The lowest general sales tax rate is 4 percent, which is shared by several states.  The highest general sales tax state is California with a tax rate of 9.5 percent.

States General Sales Tax Rates

Several states do not have a state sales tax, they are:

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon 

A List of State Sales Tax Rates

Here is a list of the state sales tax rates for general sales, food, prescription and non-prescription sales:

  • Alabama, 4 percent general sales tax
  • Alaska, no state sales tax
  • Arizona, 5.6 percent general sales tax
  • Arkansas, 6 percent general sales tax; 3 percent food sales tax
  • California, 7.25 percent general sales tax
  • Colorado, 2.9 percent general sales tax
  • Connecticut, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Delaware, no state sales tax
  • Florida, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Georgia, 4 percent general sales tax
  • Hawaii, 4 percent general sales tax
  • Idaho, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Illinois, 6.25 percent general sales tax; 1 percent food sales tax; 1 percent prescription/non-prescription drug sales tax
  • Indiana, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Iowa, 5 percent general sales tax
  • Kansas, 5.3 percent general sales tax
  • Kentucky, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Louisiana, 4 percent general sales tax
  • Maine, 5 percent general sales tax
  • Maryland, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Massachusetts, 5 percent general sales tax
  • Michigan, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Minnesota, 6.5 percent general sales tax
  • Mississippi, 7 percent general sales tax
  • Missouri, 4.225 percent general sales tax; 1.225 percent food sales tax
  • Montana, no state sales tax
  • Nebraska, 5.5 percent general sales tax
  • Nevada, 6.5 percent general sales tax
  • New Hampshire, no state sales tax
  • New Jersey, 7 percent general sales tax
  • New Mexico, 5 percent general sales tax
  • New York, 4 percent general sales tax
  • North Carolina, 4.25 percent general sales tax
  • North Dakota, 5 percent general sales tax
  • Ohio, 5.5 percent general sales tax
  • Oklahoma, 4.5 percent general sales tax
  • Oregon, no state sales tax
  • Pennsylvania, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Rhode Island, 7 percent general sales tax
  • South Carolina, 6 percent general sales tax
  • South Dakota, 4 percent general sales tax
  • Tennessee, 7 percent general sales tax; 5.5 percent food sales tax
  • Texas, 6.25 percent general sales tax
  • Utah, 4.65 percent general sales tax; 1.75 percent food sales tax
  • Vermont, 6 percent general sales tax
  • Virginia, 5 percent general sales tax; 2.5 percent food sales tax
  • Washington, 6.5 percent general sales tax
  • West Virginia, 6 percent general sales tax; 4 percent food sales tax
  • Wisconsin, 5 percent general sales tax
  • Wyoming, 4 percent general sales tax

Performing a Comparison of Sales Tax Rates

A true analysis of state sales tax rates can be done by searching the department of revenue or taxation websites for each state. Current information concerning sales tax rates can be found this way and more accurate information regarding the different tax rates for different goods can be obtained.

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