Special Report

States With the Highest (and Lowest) Sales Taxes

Olympia, Washington
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5. Washington
> Combined sales tax rate:
8.9% (5th highest)
> State sales tax rate: 6.5% (9th highest)
> Avg. local sales tax rate: 2.4% (12th highest)
> State and local sales tax collections per capita: $1,978 (3rd highest)
> State & local property tax collections per capita: $1,350 (23rd highest)
> State income tax collections per capita: N/A

Birmingham, Alabama 2
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4. Alabama
> Combined sales tax rate:
9.0% (4th highest)
> State sales tax rate: 4.0% (13th lowest)
> Avg. local sales tax rate: 5.0% (2nd highest)
> State and local sales tax collections per capita: $902 (23rd lowest)
> State & local property tax collections per capita: $548 (the lowest)
> State income tax collections per capita: $662 (14th lowest)

New Orleans, Louisiana 2
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3. Louisiana
> Combined sales tax rate:
9.0% (3rd highest)
> State sales tax rate: 4.0% (13th lowest)
> Avg. local sales tax rate: 5.0% (the highest)
> State and local sales tax collections per capita: $1,465 (5th highest)
> State & local property tax collections per capita: $849 (9th lowest)
> State income tax collections per capita: $592 (12th lowest)

Little Rock, Arkansas
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2. Arkansas
> Combined sales tax rate:
9.3% (2nd highest)
> State sales tax rate: 6.5% (9th highest)
> Avg. local sales tax rate: 2.8% (8th highest)
> State and local sales tax collections per capita: $1,303 (12th highest)
> State & local property tax collections per capita: $659 (3rd lowest)
> State income tax collections per capita: $877 (25th lowest)

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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1. Tennessee
> Combined sales tax rate:
9.5% (the highest)
> State sales tax rate: 7.0% (2nd highest)
> Avg. local sales tax rate: 2.5% (10th highest)
> State and local sales tax collections per capita: $1,247 (13th highest)
> State & local property tax collections per capita: $838 (8th lowest)
> State income tax collections per capita: $37 (8th lowest)