South Carolina state sales tax rate6%
* Due to varying local sales tax rates, we strongly recommend using our South Carolina sales tax calculator to look up the exact sales tax rate for your location.
NOTE: The outbreak of COVID-19 (caused by the coronavirus) may have impacted sales tax filing due dates in South Carolina. Please consult your local tax authority for specific details. For more information, visit our ongoing coverage of the virus and its impact on sales tax compliance.
South Carolina sales tax information
The South Carolina (SC) state sales tax rate is currently 6%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 9%. South Carolina businesses are required to file and remit sales tax electronically.
South Carolina was listed in Kiplinger’s 2011 10 tax-friendly states for retirees with one exception: “sales taxes can be high…” in addition to the statewide rate, “…counties can levy an additional 2% [but] prescription drugs are exempt.”
Amazon.com owns and operates a fulfillment center in South Carolina. This physical presence, or nexus, will eventually create a sales tax obligation for Amazon and many sellers participating in Amazon’s Seller Central and Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) programs. Amazon is slated to begin collecting in South Carolina in 2016.
South Carolina sales tax guide for businesses
Our free, online guide covers all aspects of managing South Carolina sales tax compliance. Topics include:
- Business registration
- Collecting sales tax
- Filing sales tax returns
- State nexus obligations
- And more!
South Carolina sales tax calculator
Enter a valid address below to look up the sales tax rate for the exact location
Why can't I just use the ZIP code?
- There are often multiple sales tax rates per ZIP code, county, and city.
- ZIP codes often overlap, or become subsets of other ZIP codes, or represent no geographic region at all.
- ZIP codes aren't stable. In any given year, the USPS makes numerous boundary changes to ZIP code areas.
For the most accurate sales tax rate, use an exact street address.
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Combined Tax Rate%
What do these tax rates mean?
The combined tax rate is the total sales tax rate of the jurisdiction for the address you submitted.
The jurisdiction breakdown shows the different sales tax rates making up the combined rate.
While most taxable products are subject to the combined sales tax rate, some items are taxed differently at state and local levels. Be sure to apply the correct sales tax rate to your sale.
The rates presented are current for the date and time you submitted the address, but may change at any time with new tax legislation.
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How to use this sales tax rate
Determine who's responsible to collect and remit the sales tax amount.
Determine if your product or service is taxable in the responsible party’s jurisdictions.
Apply the sales tax rate shown above to your taxable product or service’s value.
South Carolina sales tax resources
This one-page guide to South Carolina sales tax covers collection, filing, and due dates. Think of it as your compliance cheat-sheet.
Just getting started? Our South Carolina Sales Tax Guide for Businesses can help you understand the ins and outs of sales tax compliance.