State sales tax rate

Base state sales tax rate 6%
Local rate range 0%-2%
Total rate range 6%-8%

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

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Iowa sales tax basics

The Iowa (IA) state sales tax rate is currently 6%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 8%. Food and prescription drugs are exempt from sales tax.

All businesses selling tangible personal property or engaging in retail sales must register with the state. Iowa is a Streamlined Sales Tax state. Businesses selling into multiple states may register with the Streamlined Sales Tax Project.

How to register to collect sales tax in Iowa

All sellers making retail sales of taxable goods or services in Iowa can register through the SST portal or directly with the Iowa Department of Revenue.

Anyone selling taxable goods or services from an Iowa location must obtain a sales tax permit. A sales tax permit must be obtained for each Iowa business location.

See the Sales and Use Tax information booklet for more information.

How to file sales tax returns in Iowa

To file and pay taxes with Iowa, entities can go online with the Iowa Department of Revenue, or utilize the e-pay program.

Deadlines for filing sales tax returns in Iowa

Iowa businesses are required to file and pay taxes on the 5th OR the 25th of the month depending on the deadline assigned by the Iowa Department of Revenue. See the deadline chart for more information.

Iowa Sales Tax Rate by County

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


Iowa Sales Tax Rates by City

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

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