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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 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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Local California Sales Tax Rates

City County State Sales Tax Rate Uniform Local Tax Rate Additional Sales Tax Rate Total Sales Tax Rate
Los Angeles Los Angeles County 6.00% 0.25% 3.25% 9.50%
San Diego San Diego County 6.00% 0.25% 1.50% 7.75%
San Jose Santa Clara County 6.00% 0.50% 2.75% 9.25%
San Francisco San Francisco County 6.00% 0.25% 2.25% 8.50%
Fresno Fresno County 6.00% 0.25% 1.725% 7.975%
Sacramento Sacramento County 6.00% 1.25% 1.50% 8.75%
Long Beach Los Angeles County 6.00% 1.25% 3.00% 10.25%
Oakland Alameda County 6.00% 0.25% 3.00% 9.25%
Bakersfield Kern County 6.00% 1.25% 1.00% 8.25%
Anaheim Orange County 6.00% 0.25% 1.50% 7.75%

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California sales tax resources

California sales tax rate changes, October 2018

Get information on the local sales and use tax rate changes that went into effect on October 1, 2018.

California sales tax quick reference guide

This one-page guide to California sales tax covers collection, filing, and due dates.