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March 22, 2011 > New local sales tax rates take effect April 1

New local sales tax rates take effect April 1

Submitted By Anita Gore

New local sales tax rates take effect April 1, 2011. Local sales tax increases approved in 14 cities in the November 2010 election will result in tax rate increases in 13 cities across California. One city with an approved additional tax will have a rate that stays the same due to a previous tax add-on ending, while one local area will actually see a decrease.

The cities of Union City and San Leandro will see their local sales tax rates increase from 9.75 percent to 10.25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. To view the Board of Equalization special notice on the new sales and use tax rates, visit: www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/l269.pdf.

Retailers generally need to apply the new sales tax rates if they:

Operate within the taxing area (the city with the new tax rate) and have merchandise sold and delivered within the area;

Operate outside of the taxing area but are engaged in business within the area and sell merchandise for use in the area;

Are engaged in business in the area. Retailers are considered to be engaged in business in the area if they either have a business location in the tax area, deliver into the tax area using their vehicles or have an agent or representative in the area to make sales, deliveries, installations, or take orders;

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.

If a retailer is not required to collect the additional tax as described above, the purchaser may be responsible for reporting and remitting use tax to the BOE, depending on the circumstances of the sale or use of the property. The use tax, which has been law since 1935, is the same rate for any California location as the sales tax rate.

For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov or call the Taxpayer Information Center at 800-400-7115.

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