Sales Tax

Sales taxes are a type of consumption tax paid on products and services sold at retail. If you live in the United States, you are probably already aware of the sales tax because you have probably noticed it printed at the bottom of store receipts.

The United States is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to rely on traditional retail sales taxes, which are a major source of funding for state and local governments. All states in the United States, as well as towns in 38 states, levy statewide sales taxes with the exception of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

Sales tax rates influence where consumers shop, but the sales tax base—what is and is not subject to sales tax—is equally important. According to tax experts, businesses should not be required to pay sales taxes on the products they buy in order to produce their own goods. Instead, taxes should be applied to all goods and services that customers buy.

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