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Saturday Finances—2016 Sales Tax Findings

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State & local sales taxes as of 1 January 2016

From the Tax Foundation Fiscal Facts, No. 504 (pdf)_March 2016_by economists, Scott Drenkard & Nicole Kaeding



2016 State & Local Sales Tax Rates

Interesting Findings
Methodology
The Sales Tax Clearinghouse publishes quarterly sales tax data by zip code at the state, county & city levels.  These figures are then weighted by population according to the 2010 U.S. Census.  Some zip codes have no residents, so the findings in this study are based on populated areas known as Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTA).
45 states & the District of Columbia collect sales taxesLocal sales taxes are collected in 38 statesThe highest average combined state & local sales taxes are collected in Tennessee (9.46%), Arkansas (9.30%), Louisiana (9.0%), Alabama (8.97%), and Washington (8.9%)The lowest average combined state & local sales taxes are collected in Alaska (1.78%), Hawaii (4.35%), Wisconsin (5.41%), Wyoming (5.42%), and Maine (5.55%).…