South Carolina sales tax

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South Carolina state sales tax rate

6%
Base state sales tax rate 6%
Local rate range 0%-3%
Total rate range 6%-9%

* Due to varying local sales tax rates, we strongly recommend using our South Carolina sales tax calculator to determine the exact sales tax rate for your location.

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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 Rate Guide

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!

Visit the guide

South Carolina sales tax calculator

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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.

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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

  1. Determine who's responsible to collect and remit the sales tax amount. 

  2. Determine if your product or service is taxable in the responsible party’s jurisdictions.

  3. Apply the sales tax rate shown above to your taxable product or service’s value.

South Carolina sales tax resources

South Carolina sales tax quick reference guide

This one-page guide to South Carolina sales tax covers collection, filing, and due dates. Think of it as your compliance cheat-sheet.

South Carolina sales tax guide for businesses

Just getting started? Our South Carolina Sales Tax Guide for Businesses can help you understand the ins and outs of sales tax compliance.