Pennsylvania sales tax

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Pennsylvania sales tax information

The Pennsylvania (PA) state sales tax rate is currently 6%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 8%.

Pennsylvania is one of the few states with a single, statewide sales tax which businesses are required to file and remit electronically.

Sales and use tax must be collected by anyone making retail sales of tangible personal property or taxable services into the state. Anyone leasing, renting, or using tangible personal property or renting hotel rooms in Pennsylvania is also required to register with the state and obtain a valid sales tax license.

Amazon owns and operates several fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania. 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.

It’s said that the history of sales taxes in the U.S. dates back to a license tax imposed by Pennsylvania in 1821. A general sales tax was adopted in the state around 1953.

Pennsylvania state sales tax rate

Base state sales tax rate 6%
Local rate range 0%–2.0%
Total rate range 6.0%–8.0%

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

Pennsylvania Sales Tax Rate Guide

Pennsylvania sales tax guide for businesses

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

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

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Remote sellers to tax digital goods in Pennsylvania, April 2019

Beginning April 1, 2019, certain out-of-state sellers will be required to collect and remit sales tax on digital goods sold in the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania sales tax quick reference guide

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

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