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Navajo Nation sales tax rate change, July 2018

  • May 23, 2018 | Gail Cole


The sales tax rate in the Navajo Nation is scheduled to increase from 5 percent to 6 percent effective July 1, 2018. The additional 1 percent will fund the Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services. This is the first general rate change for the Navajo Nation since 2013.

Special tax on junk food

In addition to the general sales tax, the Navajo Nation levies a special Junk Food Tax on applicable junk food items. The Junk Food Tax rate is 2 percent and applies to sales of:

  • Sweetened beverages
  • Prepackaged and non-prepackaged snacks low in essential nutrients and high in salt, fat, and sugar

Again, the Junk Food Tax is in addition to the general sales tax, which will be 6 percent as of July 1, 2018.


Businesses self-report sales tax in the Navajo Nation, generally on a quarterly basis. Returns are typically due 45 days after the end of the quarter. Additional information is available at the office of the Navajo Tax Commission.

Learn more about Native Americans and sales tax.

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.