Sales Tax Rate In $locality California 2016 San Mateo County, California Sales Tax

Local Sales Tax - San Mateo County



2016 San Mateo County sales tax
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Tax Jurisdiction Sales Tax
California State Sales Tax 6.50%
San Mateo County Sales Tax 1.00%
City Sales Tax N/A
Special Sales Tax 1.50%
Combined Sales Tax 9.00% [Is this data incorrect?]

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The San Mateo County, California sales tax is 9.00% , consisting of 6.50% California state sales tax and 2.50% San Mateo County local sales taxes.The local sales tax consists of a 1.00% county sales tax and a 1.50% special district sales tax (used to fund transportation districts, local attractions, etc).

  • The San Mateo County Sales Tax is collected by the merchant on all qualifying sales made within San Mateo County
  • Groceries are exempt from the San Mateo County and California state sales taxes
  • San Mateo County collects a 2.5% local sales tax, the maximum local sales tax allowed under California law
  • San Mateo County has a higher sales tax than 86.6% of California's other cities and counties

San Mateo County California Sales Tax Exemptions

SAN MATEO COUNTY - Local sales tax map

In most states, essential purchases like medicine and groceries are exempted from the sales tax or eligible for a lower sales tax rate. San Mateo County doesn't collect sales tax on purchases of most groceries. Certain purchases, including alcohol, cigarettes, and gasoline, may be subject to additional California state excise taxes in addition to the sales tax.

Note that in some areas, items like alcohol and prepared food (including restaurant meals and some premade supermarket items) are charged at a higher sales tax rate than general purchases. California's sales tax rates for commonly exempted categories are listed below. Some rates might be different in San Mateo County.

Groceries:TAX EXEMPT Clothing:10% Prepared Food:10% Prescription Drugs:2.5% Non-Prescription Drugs:2.5%

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All merchants operating in San Mateo County must automatically calculate the sales tax due on each purchase made and include it in separately in the receipt. Goods bought for resale or other business use may be exempted from the sales tax. If you purchase goods online or through the mail and do not pay any sales tax, you are expected to pay use tax to the California Franchise Tax Board. For more details, see the California sales tax.

San Mateo County Sales Tax Region ZIP Codes

The San Mateo County sales tax region partially or fully covers 32 zip codes in California. Remember that ZIP codes do not necessarily match up with municipal and tax region borders, so some of these zip codes may overlap with other nearby tax districts. You can find sales taxes by zip code in California here

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