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July 3, 2012 > New Sales and Use Tax rates in Santa Clara County

New Sales and Use Tax rates in Santa Clara County

Submitted By Bill Ainsworth

Voter-approved sales and use tax increases will take effect on July 1, 2012 in Santa Clara County, including the unincorporated areas and all 15 cities within the County.

The rate will increase by 0.125 percent, resulting in a new rate of 8.375 percent for the County and all cities, except Campbell. In Campbell, which previously had a rate of 8.5 percent, the new rate will be 8.625 percent.

Retailers generally need to apply the new tax rates if they operate within the taxing area and have merchandise sold and delivered within the area; operate outside of the taxing area but are engaged in business within the area and sell merchandise for use in the area; sell autos, boats, or aircraft to customers that register them within the taxing area; collect tax on lease payments from property used in the taxing area; are engaged in business in the area.

Retailers are considered to be engaged in business in the area if they either have a business location in the tax area; deliver into the tax area using their vehicles; or have an agent or representative in the area to make sales, deliveries, installations or take orders.

If a retailer is not required to collect the additional tax as described above, the purchaser may be responsible for reporting and remitting use tax to the BOE, depending on the circumstances of the sale or use of the property.

For general information visit call the Taxpayer Information Center at 800-400-7115. For a complete list of all city and county sales and use tax rates, visit

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