California – Voter Approved Sales and Use Tax Increase

SALT Report 1754 – The California State Board of Equalization issued a reminder regarding a voter-approved sales and use tax increase that is effective October 1, 2012.  The rate increase varies from 0.25% to 1.0% and will be imposed in the following cities:

  • City of Hercules increased to 8.75%
  • City of Pittsburg increased to 8.75%
  • City of San Pablo increased to 8.75%
  • City of Ridgecrest increased to 8.00%
  • City of Soledad increased to 8.25%
  • City of Greenfield increased to 8.25%
  • City of Santa Maria increased to 8.00%
  • City of Sonoma increased to 8.50%

Retailers need to apply the new tax rates if they are involved in the following activities:

  • 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, and
  • Are engaged in business in the taxing area and have merchandise sold and delivered within the area

For Further Information:

California State Board of Equalization – News Release