California Sales Tax

On this page you will find handy sales and use tax information about California.

How to use this page:

We’ve pulled in the information from all our Charts for a consolidated view by state.  Here you can see the sales tax rates and if the state has remote seller nexus rules. You can also see any sales tax holidays or amnesty programs that may exist, though these do not apply to all states.

Below the chart you can find any News & Tip item we have published that relates to California that you can filter by topic. This will help you get informed on current and past legislation that has passed in the state.

State Rate

7.250% Note that the true California state sales tax rate is 6%.  There is a statewide county tax of 1.25% and therefore, the lowest rate anywhere in California is 7.25%.  We have listed the combined state/county rate as the state rate to eliminate confusion.

Range of Local Rates

0% – 9.5%

Local Rates Apply to Use Tax



9/15/2012 – repealed effective 4/1/2019


9/15/2012 – repealed effective 4/1/2019


4/1/2019see state notice





Amnesty Filing Dates

September 1, 2013 - December 2, 2013

Go to City of Los Angeles Amnesty Page


The following City of Los Angeles Taxes: Business, Utility Users Taxes (Telephone, Electricity, Gas), Commercial Tenant’s Occupancy, Transient Occupancy, and Parking Occupancy Taxes.


Waiver of penalties.



Amnesty Filing Dates

October 4, 2011 - October 3, 2012

Go to City of Los Angeles Amnesty Page

From October 4, 2011 through October 3, 2012, look-back period for prior City of Los Angeles Business Taxes is three years. Beginning October 4, 2012, the period is limited to five years.


City of Los Angeles Business Tax.


Penalties on late payment of taxes may be waived.



Amnesty Filing Dates

Voluntary registration with the CDTFA and filing by September 25, 2019

Go to California Amnesty Page

A “qualifying retailer” will not be assessed tax by the CDTFA on sales made prior to April 1, 2016 and will be relieved of penalties for sales made for the period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019.


Sales and use tax. Effective June 27, 2019, a “qualifying retailer” meets all of the following conditions:

• The retailer is not registered or has not registered with the CDTFA prior to December 1, 2018
• The retailer had not filed sales or use tax returns or made sales or use tax payments prior to being contacted by the CDTFA
• The retailer voluntarily registers with the CDTFA, and by September 25, 2019, files completed tax returns for all tax reporting periods on and after April 1, 2016, and pays in full the taxes due or applies for an installment payment agreement, but only if final payment under the terms of the agreement is paid no later than December 31, 2021
• The retailer is or was engaged in business in California solely because the retailer used a marketplace facilitator to facilitate sales for delivery in California and the marketplace facilitator stored the retailer’s inventory in this state


Limited lookback and waiver of penalties for sales made for the period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019.

Administration Information
Streamlined Sales Tax Status

Advisory State


323 Sales Tax Jurisdictions



Sales Tax Sourcing (Intrastate)

Origin *California is mixed. State, county, and city taxes are based on the origin, but district taxes are based on the destination (the buyer)

Sales Tax Return Due Date

Last day of the month following the reporting period

Exemption Information

California Resale Certificate


California has many exemptions and exclusions, they can best be classified by categories as follows: Necessities of Life (food, health and housing related); General Public Benefit (alternative energy, pollution control, veteran vendors, etc.); Industry Based (transportation, entertainment, petroleum, manufactured housing, leasing); Other (electric power generation & distribution; printed materials and sales messages; space flight, sales of certain food plants and seeds, and sales of prescription medicine, various others).


Entity types of exemptions: General Public Benefit (museums and public arts; nonprofit, religious & educational; veterans organizations); Other (sales to the US Government)


California Exemption Certificate Forms

History & Fun Facts

  • California has the highest presumed state-level sales tax rate, at 7.25 percent which is actually made up of a 6.25% state rate and a state-wide 1% county rate. In addition, some cities and many special purposes authorities can impose sales tax.
  • As of July 1, 2017, the California Board of Equalization transferred the bulk of its tax duties to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and the Office of Tax Appeals.

  • Every quarter, the CDTFA posts the Top 500 Sales & Use Tax Delinquencies in California, including an interactive map. Please, don’t be shamed into compliance in this way.
  • Beware of California’s definition and taxation of “fixtures.” This creates a lot of audit issues for construction and service providers.
  • Some exemptions exist in an attempt to promote certain types of consumer choices. For example, there is an exemption for “fresh,” but not prepared, foodstuffs.

California Court of Appeals Upholds Regulation 1585 Standard That Sales Tax is Due on Full Price of Cell Phone

The California Court of Appeals Third Appellate District has released their judgment in the case Bekkerman et al., v. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) (Case Number C093763), which challenged Regulation 1585 on both actual and procedural grounds.

California Amends Requirement for Use Tax Registration

California has amended its legislation regarding registration for purposes of the state’s use tax, effective date is January 1, 2024.

California Adopts New Regulations to Clarify Marketplace Facilitator Responsibilities

California has added language to its Code of Regulations to clarify which businesses have responsibilities under their marketplace facilitator laws.

California Restaurant Must Pay Sales Tax for Online Orders

The California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) determined that the owner of a California restaurant owes sales tax on orders made through delivery websites.

California Issues Guidance on Claiming Partial Exemption on Diesel Fuel

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has issued guidance to registered fuel retailers who may not have properly claimed the California partial sales and use tax exemption for diesel fuel.

CA Extends Tax Deadline for 41 Counties

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that residents and businesses impacted by winter storms in the state have until Oct. 16 to file their taxes for this year.

California Taxpayer Liable for Use Tax on Repair Parts Used for Out-of-State Customers

The California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) held that a taxpayer is liable for use tax on parts used to repair equipment in California for out-of-state customers.

California Issues Guidance on Taxability of Cryptocurrency

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has issued guidance on the sales and use tax treatment of cryptocurrency.

California Tax Relief for Taxpayers in Humboldt County Directly Affected Earthquake

In response to a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Northern California on Dec 20,2022, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has announced relief measures for taxpayers who were affected.

Tax Deadlines Extended by IRS for California Storm Victims

The IRS announced households and businesses are eligible for extended deadlines in 20 California counties where a federal emergency has been declared.

CA Appeals Court Sides with CDTFA And Amazon in Sales Tax Issue

The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District released a decision on January 9,2023, confirming the CDTFA had the legal discretion to hold third party sellers responsible for the sales tax due on sales made through Amazon.

California OTA Finds CEO Personally Liable for Sales Tax in Company’s Fraudulent Reporting

The California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) released an opinion in Matter of Goldstein finding that J. Goldstein, CEO of National Imaging Company dba Reseda Mobil (NIC), was personally liable for the tax and penalties related to an audit.

California Enacts Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Qualified Hybrid and Zero-Emission Vehicles

Effective January 1, 2023, California has enacted a sales and use tax exemption for qualified motor vehicles (including designated hybrid and zero-emission vehicles) sold to qualified buyers.

State Notices & Resources for Remote Sellers

Use this state by state guide to find each state\’s initial guidance on how to proceed post-Wayfair, state resources such as FAQs, and any state activity such as going through a legislative process that impacts remote sellers.

California Court Dismisses Amazon Seller Lawsuit against California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

An e-commerce trade group’s attempt to stop California from pursuing back sales taxes from sellers with inventory housed at in-state Amazon fulfillment centers was dismissed.

California Expands Sales Tax Exemption to Include Electric Power

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has amended their Code of Regulations to expand their partial sales and use tax exemption for research and development to include the production, storage, and distribution of electric power.

California Clarifies Sales Tax for Mixed Newspaper Subscriptions

California now requires publishers to determine if their newspaper sales are considered mixed newspaper subscriptions due to its effect on sales tax.

Economic Nexus State by State Chart

Key information such as effective dates, thresholds, and includable sales for out-of-state sellers making sales into states that have enacted economic nexus legislation both before and after the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision.

California State Court Rules that Local Video Service Provider Fees Do Not Apply to Streaming Video Providers

The California court made their decision in line with Nevada’s similar case which ruled that streaming video providers are not subject to local franchise fees.

California Imposes New Marketplace Facilitator Requirements

A new law has extended the California marketplace facilitator and marketplace seller requirements to incorporate California’s “Fee Collection Procedures Law.”

Western State Sales Tax Updates

Explore some important sales tax updates coming out of Western states so you can get caught up and make any changes as necessary to keep your company compliant.

California Clarifies Relationship Between Marketplace Sales and Drop Shipments

California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration proposed amendments to their regulations that clarify that marketplace sales are not drop shipments.

Elective Ultrasound Service Found Taxable in California

California determined that the true object of a taxpayer’s prenatal imaging business was the images captured, not the ultrasound service.

California Offers COVID-19 Relief for Small Business Owners

California is providing immediate tax relief for small business owners due to the impact of COVID-19.