State of Idaho Sales Tax The 2016 Idaho State Sales Tax

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What is the 2016 Idaho Sales Tax Rate?

Idaho Sales Tax Rate

6.00%

2016 Idaho state sales tax
Exact tax amount may vary for different items

The Idaho state sales tax rate is 6%, and the average ID sales tax after local surtaxes is 6.01%.

  • Prescription Drugs are exempt from the Idaho sales tax
  • Counties and cities can charge an additional local sales tax of up to 2.5%, for a maximum possible combined sales tax of 8.5%
  • Idaho has 12 special sales tax jurisdictions with local sales taxes in addition to the state sales tax
  • Idaho has a higher state sales tax than 69.2% of states

The Idaho sales tax applies to the sale, rental, or lease of tangible personal property and the sale of some services. There is an additional tax for hotel, motel, and campground accommodations.

If you are a Idaho business owner, you can learn more about how to collect and file your Idaho sales tax return at the 2016 Idaho Sales Tax Handbook .

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Idaho Sales Tax Exemptions

Idaho doesn't collect sales tax on purchases of most prescription drugs. In most states, necessities such as groceries, clothes, and drugs are exempted from the sales tax or charged at a lower sales tax rate.

Some items may not be eligible for these reduced sales tax rates, such as expensive clothing, unhealthy food or drinks like soda, and certain non-essential pharmaceuticals. Unlike many states, Idaho treats both candy and soda as groceries for sales tax purposes. Other items including gasoline, alcohol, and cigarettes are subject to various Idaho excise taxes in addition to the sales tax.

In some states, items like alcohol and prepared food (including restaurant meals and some premade supermarket items) are charged at a higher sales tax rate. The ID sales tax applicable to the sale of cars, boats, and real estate sales may also vary by jurisdiction. Idaho's sales tax rates for commonly exempted items are as follows:

Groceries: 6% Clothing: 6% Prepared Food: 6% Prescription Drugs: EXEMPT Non-Prescription Drugs: 6%
Idaho sales tax for a restaurant meal
$100 Restaurant Dinner
Idaho sales tax for groceries
$100 of groceries
Idaho sales tax for clothing
$100 in clothes
Idaho sales tax for general consumer products
$100 of consumer products
$6.00 sales tax
$106.00 total
$6.00 sales tax
$106.00 total
$6.00 sales tax
$106.00 total
$6.00 sales tax
$106.00 total

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Idaho Sales Tax Exemption Certificate

Unlike a Value Added Tax (VAT), the Idaho sales tax only applies to end consumers of the product. Individuals and companies who are purchasing goods for resale, improvement, or as raw materials can use a Idaho Sales Tax Exemption Form to buy these goods tax-free.

Companies or individuals who wish to make a qualifying purchase tax-free must have a Idaho state sales tax exemption certificate, which can be obtained from the Idaho State Tax Commission . On making an exempt purchase, Exemption Certificate holders may submit a completed Idaho Sales Tax Exemption Form to the vendor instead of paying sales tax.

Sales tax exemption forms (as well as business sales tax id applications, sales tax returns, and the full Idaho sales tax code) can be downloaded from the Idaho State Tax Commission here .

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Idaho Sales Tax Calculator

 Sales Tax Calculator
Purchase Details:
$ in zip code Enter the zip code where the purchase was made for local sales tax

Whenever you make a purchase at a licensed Idaho retailer, your sales tax will be automatically calculated and added to your bill. To lookup the sales tax due on any purchase, use our Idaho sales tax calculator.

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Idaho Use Tax [View Main Article]

If you buy goods and are not charged the Idaho Sales Tax by the retailer, such as with online and out-of-state purchases, you are supposed to pay the 6% sales tax (less any foreign sales tax paid) for these items yourself as the Idaho Use Tax.

Your are expected to voluntarily list your liable purchases on a Idaho Use Tax Return, which should be attached with payment to your Idaho Income Tax Return. Historically, compliance rates with with the Idaho Use Tax have been low.

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Idaho Local Sales Taxes

Idaho does not allow local jurisdictions like cities or counties to collect a local sales tax. The Idaho state sales tax of 6% is applicable statewide. You can view the sales tax rates for various cities in Idaho here.


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