California sales tax
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California sales tax information
The California 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%. 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.
State sales tax rate7.25%
California’s sales tax rate consists of both a base state tax rate and all applicable local tax rates.
Get information on the local sales and use tax rate changes that went into effect on October 1, 2018.
This one-page guide to California sales tax covers collection, filing, and due dates.
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