State Sales Tax Rates

State Sales Tax Rates Georgia State Sales Tax 2014

Georgia Sales Tax 2014
Georgia State Sales Tax for 2014 Maximum Municipal Sales Tax

4.00%

4.00%

What is the Georgia Sales Tax?

The Georgia state sales tax is 4%, with a maximum possible sales tax (including local and municipal sales taxes) of 8%.

Local governments in Georgia are allowed to add a local sales tax of up to 4 percent on top of the GA state sales tax for all qualifying sales in their jurisdiction - so the actual sales tax paid on any purchase in Georgia can be up to 8% depending on location.

Georgia allows its counties to charge up to 3% local sales tax, which are used to fund any of five specific programs such as education, transportation, or public utilities. Groceries are exempt from the state tax but are subject to local taxes, with a tax rate of up to 4% in Atlanta. Georgia usually has two tax holidays a year as scheduled by the state legislature, with one in early fall aimed at back to school purchases and another, generally in October, for energy-efficient appliances.

What sales are exempt from the Georgia Sales Tax?

Georgia Sales and Use Tax Rates

Many states set special sales tax rates for certain types of goods like groceries or clothes, and may completely exempt certain transactions from state and local sales taxes. Georgia, however, does not exempt any purchases from state or local sales taxes.

Georgia sets a special sales tax rate for unprepared food and groceries (at 3%). While many other states also collect a special (and often higher) sales tax on prepared and restaraunt food, Georgia does not have a specific restaraunt sales tax.

Generally, the Georgia sales tax is collected only from the end consumer, or the end user of the product. Customers buying products in bulk, as a business-to-business transaction, or buying with the intent to resell do not have to pay the Georgia sales tax if they provide the seller with a Georgia Sales Tax Exemption Certificate at the time of purchase. Most states will accept the Uniform Sales and Use Tax Certificate for this purpose, which is available from the Multistate Tax Commission here.

Internet Sales Tax, or tax on purchases made over the internet, is currently a gray area in many states' tax codes. While most states can collect sales tax on internet purchases made within the state (the vendor and consumer are both located in Georgia), taxation of interstate internet transactions is much more complicated.

Currently New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, and Illinois have some form of online sales tax that also handles interstate transactions. For details on how Georgia handles taxation of online sales, read more about online sales taxes in the United States.

Resources:

[1] Table of state sales taxes on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_the_United_States#By_jurisdiction

[2] Georgia sales tax information on Tax-Rates.org
http://www.tax-rates.org/Georgia/sales-tax

[3] Table of state sales, use, and excise taxes by The Tax Foundation
http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/245.html

[4] State level taxation resources on IRS.gov
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=99021,00.html