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April 9, 2013 > New sales and use tax rates

New sales and use tax rates

New tax rates in three California counties and 24 cities, effective April 1, 2013

Submitted By Jaime Garza

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) wants to remind seller's permit holders and consumers that new sales and use tax rates took effect on April 1, 2013.

Voters in Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and in 19 California cities approved sales and use tax increases, effective on this date. These cities and the new, applicable tax rates are included in a Special Notice sent to BOE seller's permit holders.

Voters in the cities of Williams (Colusa County) and Salinas (Monterey County) approved extending their city-wide sales and use taxes indefinitely. Trinidad's (Humboldt County) current city-wide tax will be applicable through March 31, 2017 and Hollister's (San Benito County) city-wide tax is effective through March 31, 2018. Fresno County will keep its county-wide sales and use tax for library services until March 31, 2029.

Retailers generally must apply the new tax rates if they operate outside 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 who register them within the taxing area; collect tax on lease payments from property used in the taxing area; are engaged in business in the taxing area and have merchandise sold and delivered within the area.

Retailers are considered to be engaged in business in the area if they have a business location in the tax area; deliver into the tax area using their vehicles; or, have a representative in the area that makes sales, deliveries, installations or takes 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.

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