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Sales, use tax to increase Jan. 1

Los Angeles County rate to hit 9 percent

Posted: December 6, 2012 11:16 a.m.
Updated: December 6, 2012 11:16 a.m.
 

The statewide sales and use tax rate goes up a quarter of a percent on Jan. 1, 2013, State Board of Equalization officials said today.

The rate increase, which is slated to last through December 2016, is due to voters approving Proposition 30 in last month’s election.

Statewide sales and use taxes are currently 7.25 percent and will become 7.50 percent next year.

Because Los Angeles County imposes sales and use tax as well, local rates will go from 8.75 percent to 9 percent.

In some parts of California, rates will be as high as 10 percent due to local sales and use taxes already in place, said Cynthia Bridges, executive director of the State Board of Equalization.

California sales tax generally applies to retail sales of goods and merchandise except those sales specifically exempted by law.

Use tax is the same rate as sales tax and generally applies to the storage, use, or other consumption of goods in California purchased from retailers in transactions not subject to the sales tax.

Use tax may also apply to purchases shipped to California consumers from other states, including purchases by mail order, telephone, or Internet.

The sales and use tax rate increase does not apply to purchases of gasoline. However, the sales and use tax rate increase does apply to purchases of diesel fuel.

 

 

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