How to Find Sales Tax Rates

by Contributor ; Updated April 19, 2017

If you own a business, chances are, you have to pay sales or use tax. There are two components of this tax: state and local. Because local taxes vary a lot within the state and also change from time to time, it's a good idea to check the tax rates frequently.

Step 1

For a quick list of state sales tax rates, consult the State Comparisons page on the Federation of Tax Administrators website.

Step 2

For detailed information about state and local tax rates, use the FTA's Links to State Tax/Revenue Agency Websites Map to find your state agency.

Step 3

At the tax agency website for your state, look for a link dedicated to local sales/use tax rates. Read any instructions and check the frequently asked questions section for any specific rules for your state.