State sales tax rate

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%

* While the base rate applies statewide, it’s only a starting point for calculating sales tax in California. For an accurate tax rate for each jurisdiction, add other applicable local rates on top of the base rate.

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What is California's sales tax rate?

The California sales tax rate is 7.25%. This rate is made up of a the 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 at 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 State Board of Equalization (BOE) 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.



How to register to collect sales tax in California

If you need to collect sales tax in California, first you need to register your business. Learn what steps you need to take to register in California.


How to file sales tax returns in California

Now that you’ve registered and you’re collecting sales tax in California, find out how to file, or remit, your sales tax. Get answers to your common sales tax filing questions.


Deadlines for filing sales tax returns in California

Check on the sales tax filing deadlines for California. Get the dates for filing annually, quarterly, or monthly.

California Sales Tax Rate by County

Are you looking for tax rates within a certain county? We have a list of all the counties in California along with their sales tax rate.


California Sales Tax Rates by City

Each city or town in California may charge additional sales tax. Find the local tax rate for each city.

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