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#174614 - 02/14/09 03:15 PM How much sales tax do you pay?
Dancing Dolphin Offline
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Registered: 03/06/06
Posts: 2529
Loc: Southern California
Hi everyone. I'm just curious what everyone pays in sales tax around the country. I'm in southern California, and my location has a sales tax rate of 7.75% - - however, Arnold and his crew (our legislators) are probably going to up it one percent throughout the state, so we'll be paying 8.75% on all purchases. Aaack! That's not going to make me want to spend!

My sister in law lives in Oregon and pays NO sales tax on anything. Chatty, you have sales tax, but no state income tax, right?

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#174619 - 02/14/09 05:47 PM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: Dancing Dolphin]
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Registered: 06/14/06
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Loc: Arizona
8.1% here - that's a combination of state, county, and city.
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#174639 - 02/14/09 10:02 PM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: yonuh]
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Registered: 01/21/07
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Provincial sales tax varies..in British Columbia it is 7%. 10% on liquor. On top of this, is federal sales tax at 5%. It used to be 7%. On goods and services. Not on whole, unprocessed food.

However in Alberta, there is no provincial sales tax. But you are still subject to federal sales tax.

There is no federal sales tax if you buy a new home anywhere in Canada. But you do have to apply for the rebate afterwards.

We are vacationing in Portland, Oregon around Easter...so I intend to take advantage of buying some American stuff, instead of buying in Seattle. laugh
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#174653 - 02/14/09 11:39 PM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: orchid]
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Registered: 11/04/08
Posts: 601
Welcome to my world: we pay 8.75 percent sales tax on everything: food, medicine, you name it. (Oklahoma) Legislators know it's terribly regressive but there's no chance it can be lowered. The other tax rates are quite low and, like most states, we have a budget shortfall. Taxes won't be raised but services will be cut.

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#174657 - 02/15/09 12:26 AM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: Ellemm]
dancer9 Offline


Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 2411
Loc: Arizona
I believe our tax is 8.1. Manufactured foods are taxed, the other is not. Clothing is taxed to DEATH!
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#174662 - 02/15/09 01:53 AM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: dancer9]
Di Offline
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Registered: 11/15/05
Posts: 2798
Loc: NM, transplant from NJ
7.375%...but different part of the state are all different. I have a LOVELY time (NOT!) at quarterly CRS time. We sell all over the state and I have to use gobs of codes. NOT FUN!

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#174682 - 02/15/09 09:19 AM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: Di]
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 3703
Loc: London UK
Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UK is 17.5% (temporarily cut to 15% between December 2008 and December 2009) on supplies of goods and services.

Certain goods and services are exempt from VAT like food and clothing (which is really poppycock because of indirect taxation). Supposedly, the exemptions are intended to relieve the tax burden on "essentials". Sanitary towels were charged VAT until a few years ago because those were considered luxury rather than essential. LOL!!! Only a man would have drawn up taxation on that item.
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#174686 - 02/15/09 09:56 AM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: Lola]
Edelweiss3 Offline


Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 1758
Loc: American living in Germany
Sales tax in Germany is 19%.
Food is 7%. Except "prepared food (cooked)" which you can buy in restaurants or take aways. This is also 19%.
This is valid throughout the country. It's included in the final price; so no bad surprises when you get your bill.
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#174705 - 02/15/09 03:12 PM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: Edelweiss3]
Dancing Dolphin Offline
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Registered: 03/06/06
Posts: 2529
Loc: Southern California
I remember VAT from when we went to Ireland last summer. But we were lucky, we got reimbursed so long as we saved our receipts and turned in the paperwork.

Wow, 17-19%! I guess I shouldn't complain! What other taxes do you have in your countries?

In the U.S., we have taxes on purchases (sales tax), our homes (property tax), our cars (registration tax), income tax (federal and state on all money earned), etc. What else, guys? I'm sure there must be more! Ah, the death tax! Yes, you can even be taxed on certain inheritance values. They get you every time!

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#174713 - 02/15/09 04:15 PM Re: How much sales tax do you pay? [Re: Dancing Dolphin]
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Registered: 01/21/07
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Of course we have property tax levied from the municipality. Income tax (federal and provincial).

yes, there is probate tax ..or death tax. Probate is a term from English common law. Some of it can be avoided if one engages in careful estate planning.

This is why I have not much sympathy for big corporations who whine away about paying corporate tax. There are all kinds of loopholes for them when their firm hires an astute tax lawyer. And I say this with strong criticism, after having worked for an international accounting and tax firm for a few years where my job was solely on international tax law research.
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