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Georgia sales tax rate changes


 New sales tax rates coming to Georgia in April 2017.

Several local sales and use tax rate changes will take effect in Georgia beginning April 1, 2017.

City sales and use tax rate changes

Atlanta currently levies the 4% state rate, the 3% Fulton County rate, and the 1% Water and Sewer Projects and Cost Tax (MOST), for a combined rate of 8%. Beginning March 1, 2017, the city will also levy a 0.5% MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) sales tax. Then, beginning April 1, it will impose a 0.4% transportation special purpose sales and use tax (TSPLOST). As of March 1, the combined sales and use tax rate for Atlanta will be 8.5%; as of April 1, it will be 8.9%.

County sales and use tax rate changes

The combined sales and use tax rate in Fulton County is currently 7% (4% state, 3% county). Beginning April 1, 2017, the county will levy an additional 0.75% TSPLOST outside the City of Atlanta, for a new combined rate of 7.75%.

The following counties will levy an additional LSE (local option, special purpose, education) sales and use tax, for a new combined rate of 7%:

  • Douglas
  • Glynn
  • Liberty
  • Pulaski

See the Atlanta Department of Revenue’s Quarterly Rate Changes and SUT-2017-01 for additional information.

Rate changes such as these make sales and use tax challenging, especially for companies selling in multiple jurisdictions. Learn more.


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.