Arab, Alabama: Winner of Highest Sales Tax Rate
- Aug 6, 2013 | Gail Cole
It's a dubious award, to be sure, but it's hard not to recognize Arab, Alabama, for having the highest rate of sales tax in the country.
A spokesman for Cullman County declined the award last spring, when a waff.com headline screamed: "Arab, Cullman County has highest sales tax rate in USA." The article claimed the rate at the time was 12%. County Tax Director Chris King disputed that figure, but did admit, "…yes, it's a little high."
Effective August 1, 2013, the general rate of sales and use tax in Cullman County is 4.5%. Alabama's general state sales and use tax rate is 4%.
The current general rate of sales tax in Arab is 4%. Effective September 1, 2013, the general rate in Arab will be 5%.
4.5% + 4% + 5% = 13.5%
Congratulations, Arab, Cullman County, Alabama.