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California Sales Tax Rate Changes January 2013

  • Nov 19, 2012 | Gail Cole

 California: Sales Tax Rate Change Set for January 1, 2013.

UPDATE, 5.8.2014 Several California sales tax rates changed on April 1, 2014. 

UPDATE, 3.19.13 Several local California jurisdictions will changes their sales tax rates on April 1, 2013. 

California will raise its state sales tax rate by one quarter of one percent (0.25%) on January 1, 2013, due to the passage of Proposition 30.

Many counties and municipalities have add-ons, so as of January 2013, the total rate of sales and use tax in California will range from 7.5% in such places as Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, to 10% in South Gate, Los Angeles County.

The following rates will be effective January 1, 2013:

  • Eureka: 8.25%
  • Los Angeles: 9.00%
  • Palm Springs: 9.00%
  • Palo Alto: 8.63%
  • Sacramento: 8.00%
  • San Diego: 8.00%
  • San Francisco: 8.75%

A complete list of the new sales tax rates for California cities and counties is available at the California State Board of Equalization. This higher tax rate of 7.50% is set to expire on December 31, 2016. Download California rates by ZIP code below.

Subject to Proposition 30 Sales Tax Rate Increase:

  • Sales of diesel fuel. The sales tax rate for diesel fuel will be 9.67% (plus applicable diesel taxes) from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
  • The 0.25% rate increase applies "to all taxable sales and purchases made as part of fixed priced contracts and fixed price lease agreements that were entered prior to January 1, 2013."

Not Subject to Proposition 30 Sales Tax Rate Increase:

  • Sales of motor vehicle fuel (gasoline). The sales tax rate for sales of gasoline will remain 2.25% (plus applicable district taxes).
  • Sales tax prepayment rate for motor vehicle and diesel fuel.

Revenue generated by Proposition 30 will fund K-12 schools, community colleges, and public safety services.

Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.