State sales tax rate6%
* 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 basics
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. Businesses in Pennsylvania are required to file and remit sales tax electronically. TrustFile, owned by Avalara, is the single approved third-party software vendor for filing sales tax in Pennsylvania.
Major items that Pennsylvania does not tax: food (except for ready-to-eat), most clothing apparel, textbooks, medicine, sales for resale items, and residential heating fuels. Pennsylvania provides a Retailer’s Information Guide with a list of taxable items in the state.
There is no income tax on social security and qualified retirement income, but property taxes can be high in some areas.
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 sales and use tax must be collected by anyone making retail sales of tangible personal property or taxable services. Anyone leasing, renting, or using tangible personal property or renting hotel rooms is also required to register with the state and obtain a sales tax license.
How to register to collect sales tax in Pennsylvania
If you need to collect sales tax in Pennsylvania, first you need to register your business. Learn what steps you need to take to register in Pennsylvania.
Now that you’ve registered and you’re collecting sales tax in Pennsylvania, find out how to file, or remit, your sales tax. Get answers to your common sales tax filing questions.
Check on the sales tax filing deadlines for Pennsylvania. Get the dates for filing annually, quarterly, or monthly.
Are you looking for tax rates within a certain county? We have a list of all the counties in Pennsylvania along with their sales tax rate.
Each city or town in Pennsylvania may charge additional sales tax. Find the local tax rate for each city.
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