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Which states let you pay your sales tax return with a credit card?

  • Oct 26, 2016 | Scott Peterson

Which states let you pay your sales tax return with a credit card?

For small businesses, credit cards can be an important tool, offering financial management benefits and the opportunity to earn valuable rewards. You can put just about anything on a credit card these days, including your sales taxes — in most states. Out of the 45 states that charge sales tax, all but 7 (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, Nevada and Virginia) allow businesses to pay via credit card.

However, in those states that do allow you to pay sales taxes with plastic, the convenience comes with a price, usually in the form of a small fee that is charged by a third-party payments processor.

Here’s a rundown of which states let you remit sales taxes via credit card and how much using that option will cost you. “Fee unspecified” means there is no information on the amount of the fee until you actually initiate a credit card payment.

State Credit cards accepted? Fee
Alabama No  
Alaska No sales tax  
Arizona No  
Arkansas No  
California Yes 2.3%, minimum $1
Colorado Yes Unspecified
Connecticut Yes 2.35%
Delaware No sales tax  
Florida Yes 1.85%, minimum $1
Georgia Yes 2.50%
Hawaii Yes Unspecified
Idaho Yes Unspecified
Illinois No  
Indiana Yes Unspecified
Iowa Yes 2.45%, minimum $3.95
Kansas Yes 2.50%
Kentucky Yes 2.45%
Louisiana Yes 2.45%.
Maine No  
Maryland Yes 2.49%
Massachusetts Yes 2.30%
Michigan Yes 2.75%.
Minnesota Yes 2.25%, minimum $3.75
Mississippi Yes 2.50%
Missouri Yes Unspecified
Montana No sales tax  
Nebraska Yes 2.35%
Nevada No  
New Hampshire No sales tax  
New Jersey Yes Unspecified
New Mexico Yes Unspecified
New York Yes 2.25%
North Carolina Yes $2.00 for every $100.00 increment of tax payment
North Dakota Yes 2.49%
Ohio Yes 2.50%
Oklahoma Yes 2.50%
Oregon No sales tax  
Pennsylvania Yes 2.49%, minimum $1
Rhode Island Yes 2.50%
South Carolina Yes Unspecified
South Dakota Yes 2.45%
Tennessee Yes 2.49%.
Texas Yes $1 up to $100 payment; 2.25% plus $0.25 processing fee for payments over $100
Utah Yes Tiered according to amount of tax payment
Vermont Yes 3%
Virginia No  
Washington Yes 2.5%, $1 minimum
West Virginia Yes 2.5%, $1 minimum
Wisconsin Yes $1 for payments less than $40; 2.5% for payments greater than $40
Wyoming Yes 2.50%

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Avalara Author
Scott Peterson
Avalara Author Scott Peterson
Scott Peterson is the Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations for Avalara, Inc. In his role, Scott leads Avalara’s effort to be the first name in sales tax automation. Prior to joining Avalara Scott was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. For seven years Scott acted as the chief operating officer of an organization devoted to making sales tax simpler and more uniform for the benefit of business. Before joining Streamline Scott spent ten years as the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division where he was responsible for the state sales and use tax, the state’s contractor’s excise tax, the sales and use tax for over two hundred cities, and the sales and use tax for four tribal governments.