California sales tax

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California state sales tax rate

7.25%
Base state sales tax rate 6.0%
Mandatory local rate 1.25%
Local rate range 0.15%–3%
Total rate range* 7.25%–10.25%

* Due to varying local sales tax rates, we strongly recommend using our California sales tax calculator to determine the exact sales tax rate for your location.

California sales tax details

The California state sales tax rate is 7.25%. This rate is made up of a base rate of 6%, plus California adds a mandatory local rate of 1.25% that goes directly to city and county tax officials. Depending on local sales tax jurisdictions, the total tax rate can be as high as 10.25%.

Food and prescription drugs are exempt from sales tax.

Amazon owns and operates a number of fulfillment centers in California. This physical presence, or nexus, creates a sales tax obligation for Amazon and many sellers participating in Amazon’s Seller Central and Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) programs.

Businesses with nexus in California are required to register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and to charge, collect, and remit the appropriate tax.

Generally, a business has nexus in California when it has a physical presence there, such as a retail store, warehouse, inventory, or the regular presence of traveling salespeople or representatives. However, out-of-state sellers can also establish nexus.

California state sales tax rate

7.25%
Base state sales tax rate 6.0%
Mandatory local rate 1.25%
Local rate range 0.15%–3%
Total rate range* 7.25%–10.25%

* Due to varying local sales tax rates, we strongly recommend using our California sales tax calculator to determine the exact sales tax rate for your location.

California Sales Tax Rate Guide

California sales tax guide for businesses

Our free, online guide covers all aspects of managing California sales tax compliance. Topics include:

  • Business registration
  • Collecting sales tax
  • Filing sales tax returns
  • State nexus obligations
  • And more!

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California sales tax calculator

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Why can't I just use the ZIP code?

  • There are often multiple sales tax rates per ZIP code, county, and city.
  • ZIP codes often overlap, or become subsets of other ZIP codes, or represent no geographic region at all.
  • ZIP codes aren't stable. In any given year, the USPS makes numerous boundary changes to ZIP code areas.

For the most accurate sales tax rate, use an exact street address.

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What do these tax rates mean?

  • The combined tax rate is the total sales tax rate of the jurisdiction for the address you submitted.

  • The jurisdiction breakdown shows the different sales tax rates making up the combined rate.

  • While most taxable products are subject to the combined sales tax rate, some items are taxed differently at state and local levels. Be sure to apply the correct sales tax rate to your sale.

The rates presented are current for the date and time you submitted the address, but may change at any time with new tax legislation.

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How to use this sales tax rate

  1. Determine who's responsible to collect and remit the sales tax amount. 

  2. Determine if your product or service is taxable in the responsible party’s jurisdictions.

  3. Apply the sales tax rate shown above to your taxable product or service’s value.

California sales tax resources

California sales tax rate changes

Need to know which sales tax rates in California are changing? Check out our tax rate change tracker for details.

California sales tax quick reference guide

This one-page guide to California sales tax covers collection, filing, and due dates. Think of it as your compliance cheat-sheet.