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Two Alabama Cities Marked With “Highest Sales Tax” Honor


The Tax Foundation has released their “Sales Tax Rates in Major U.S. Cities” report this week. The report focuses on “…major U.S. cities, defined as all U.S. Census-designated incorporated places with a population over 200,000.”

Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama have been identified as the two national cities with the “…highest combined state and local sales tax rate.” The combined rates for each city are at 10 percent.

Each city “…has a local sales tax rate of 6 percent, with the state rate at 4 percent.” As noted in an al.com blog on the topic, the report does not take into account “…the differences in tax bases, such as the structure of sales taxes (what is taxable and non-taxable like food or clothing.)

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”