Sales and use tax changes in Zip2Tax products for January 1, 2015

Sales tax rates – January 2015

Sales tax rates – January 2015

20 sales and use tax changes in Zip2Tax products since December 2014. There were changes in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

In Alabama, tax rates changed for Semmes, Cordova, Pine Hill, Piedmont, Florala and Hillsboro.

In Arkansas, tax rates changed for Farmington, Gassville, Harrison, Jonesboro and Quitman.

In Arizona, tax rates changed for Coconino County.

In Colorado, tax rates changed for Denver, Brush, Idaho Springs, La Veta, Boulder County and City, Larimer County, and Windsor.

In Florida, tax rates changed for Brevard, Charlotte, De Soto, Escambia, Hernando, Highlands, Leon, Monroe, Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties.

In Georgia, tax rates changed for Brooks, Chattahoochee, Clinch, Muscogee, Seminole, Spalding and Twiggs Counties.

In Idaho, tax rates changed for Ketchum.

In Illinois, tax rates changed for Gurnee, New Baden, Skokie, Trenton, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, and Wilmette.

In Kansas, tax rates changed for Cherokee, Edwardsville, Goddard, Herington, Leon, Luray, Randolph, Smith Center, Utica and Chase County.

In Louisiana, tax rates changed for Doyline and Homer.

In Minnesota, tax rates changed for Todd and Fillmore Counties.

In Missouri, tax rates changed for Ralls and Webster Counties, Hazelwood, Jennings, St. Ann, Sparta and Warson Woods.

In North Dakota, tax rates changed for Beulah, Fredonia, Harvey, Hazelton, Lignite, and Velva.

In Nebraska, tax rates changed for Battle Creek and David City.

In New Mexico, tax rates changed for Colfax, Curry, Grant, Harding, Quay, San Juan, San Miguel, Sierra and Valencia Counties, and Vaughn and Lovington.

In Oklahoma, tax rates changed for Comanche, Leflore, Logan, and Mayes Counties, and Bridgeport, Bethel Acres and Glencoe.

In South Dakota, tax rates changed for Veblen.

In Texas, tax rates changed for China Grove and Maypearl.

In Washington, tax rates changed for Benton County, Ephrata, and Monroe.

In Wyoming, tax rates changed for Washakie County.

There were 13 states with ZIP code changes effective after December 2014 including Arkansas, California, DC, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.

To see rate changes that took effect in December 2014 please visit this article.

Download the full ZIP code change documentation.

For December 2014 changes click here.

Angel Sauer

Sales and use tax changes for Oct. 1, 2013

Tax rate changes effective October 1, 2013

Tax rate changes effective October 1, 2013

Sales and/or use tax rates in the states of Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming have changed in Zip2Tax products as of October 1, 2013.

In Alaska, tax rates changed for Sitka, Skagway and Whittier.

In Alabama, tax rates changed for Taylor, Pelham, Arab, and Woodland.

In Arkansas, tax rates changed for Blytheville, Elm Springs, Green Forest, Keiser, Monette, Osceola, Pocahontas, Vilonia and Hempstead County.

In Arizona, tax rates changed for Yuma County.

In California, tax rates changed for San Fernando.

In DC, the state tax rate changed.

In Georgia, tax rates changed for Pierce County.

In Kansas, tax rates changed for Andover, Goodland, Harper, Mound Valley, and the counties of Ellis, Chase, Graham, Miami and Reno.

In Maine, the state tax rate changed.

In North Dakota, tax rates changed for Crosby and Lidgerwood.

In Ohio, tax rates changed for Erie County.

In Oklahoma, tax rates changed for Broken Bow, McCurtain, Sallisaw, and Wetumka.

In Texas, tax rates changed for Gregory, Reno, White Deer, Presidio, Trophy Club, Breckenridge, Bryson, Claude, Drum, Lakeside, Lavon, Odern, Olton, Petersburg, Riesel, Rising Star, Sachse, Stockdale, and Wheeler.

In West Virginia, tax rates changed for Charleston, Harrisville, Quinwood and Wheeling.

In Wyoming, tax rates changed for Crook County.

There were 45 states with ZIP code changes effective after September 2013 including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.  Download a complete list of the ZIP code changes.

For September’s changes click here.

Angel Sauer

Angel Sauer, lead tax researcher

Sales and use tax changes for April 1, 2013

Sales tax rate changes April 1, 2013

Sales tax rate changes April 1, 2013

Sales and/or use tax rates in the states of Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York (Clothing Sales Tax only), Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming have changed in Zip2Tax products since effective April 1, 2013.

In Alaska, tax rates changed for Sitka, Skagway, and Whittier.

In Alabama, tax rates changed for Jasper.

In Arkansas, tax rates changed for Coal Hill, Dermott, De Valls Bluff, Gum Springs, Junction City, McRae, Ola, Strong, Garland County and Independence County.

In California, tax rates changed for Albany, Moraga, Orinda, Commerce, Culver City, La Mirada, Marin County, Carmel, Grass Valley, Nevada city, Sacramento, Lathrop, Paso Robles, San Mateo County, Half Moon Bay, Santa Clara County, Capitola, Rio Vista, Vacaville, Healdsburg, and Sebastopol.

In Georgia, tax rates changed for Pike, Rockdale and Treutlen counties.

In Kansas, tax rates changed for Abilene, Augusta, Hays, Lane, Marysville, Mission, Norton, Oberlin, Osage City, Severy, Stafford, and Riley County.

In Louisiana, tax rates changed for the parish of Terrebonne.

In Minnesota, tax rates changed for Cloquet, Marshall, Hermantown, and Medford.

In Missouri, tax rates changed for Boone County, Johnson County, Moniteau County, Boonville, Concordia, Gerald, Holts Summit, Jackson, Lake Ozark, Sarcoxie, and Springfield.

In North Carolina, tax rates changed for Edgecombe, Greene, Durham and Orange counties.

In North Dakota, tax rates changed for Crosby, South Heart, Stanley, Tioga and for Ward County.

In Nebraska, tax rates changed for Cairo, Cordova, Franklin, Murray, Bennington, Sargent, Verdigre, Alma, and Waterloo.

In New York (Clothing Sales Tax table only), tax rates changed for Madison County and city of Oneida.

In Oklahoma, tax rates changed for Healdton, Moore, Blaine County, Johnston County, Carter County, Pontotoc County, Coal County, Stephens County, Paradise Hill, Tahlequah, Locust Grove, and Payne County.

In Texas, tax rates changed for Krum, Nevada, Yorktown, Ivanhoe, Baird, Freer, Lyford and San Antonio.

In Utah, tax rates changed for Centerfield, Gunnison, Mayfield, and Park City.

In Washington, tax rates changed for Castle Rock, Cowlitz County, Okanogan, La Conner, Sedro Woolley, Mill Creek, Olympia and Lynden.

In Wyoming, tax rates changed for Converse, Fremont and Sweetwater.

There were 38 states with ZIP code changes effective after March 2013 including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Download a complete list of the ZIP code changes.

For March’s changes click here.

Angel Sauer

Angel Sauer, lead tax researcher

Some filers benefit from using sales tax deductions instead of federal income tax deductions

sales tax deductions

sales tax deductions

If legislation passes congress again this year, a select group of federal income tax filers may benefit from calculating deductions using the state and local sales taxes they paid instead of state income taxes.

state sales tax deductions

According to the Tax Policy Center, residents of New York and California benefited the most from using the state and local sales tax deduction in 2005 on their federal income tax.

This option is only available to filers who itemize deductions using Schedule A on Form 1040, and generally only beats the income tax deduction in a few cases:

  • For residents in states with no, or limited, income taxes: Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Individuals who live in states with higher-than-average state and local sales taxes.
  • Individuals who made unusually expensive purchases such as paying for a wedding, home improvements or vehicle purchases.

The IRS provides special sales tax tables that average consumption by taxpayers, taking into account filing status, number of dependents, adjusted gross income and state and local general sales rates by ZIP code. Filers using the standard sales tax deduction can also add in sales taxes paid on the purchase or lease of a vehicle, boats or aircraft, and home renovations.

Filers could optionally use the actual expense method by collecting receipts for all purchases made and keeping a running tally of all sales tax expenses. This method may be beneficial if sales taxes paid were well above the standard deduction or if the filer lived in multiple tax jurisdictions.

Filers whose sales tax deductions come out about the same as their income tax deduction may benefit from taking former since they won’t have to claim their state income tax refund the following year.

The problem with the sales tax deductions is that it never has been made permanent since it was authorized in 2004. Every two years, the issue comes up in front of legislators once again. It expired at the end of 2011, and if it isn’t renewed this year, it won’t be available to taxpayers filling out their forms in 2013.

Sales and/or use tax rates have changed in 16 states and ZIP codes have changed in 20 states since September 2012.

16 states

16 states

Angel Sauer

Angel Sauer, sales tax research team leader

Areas within Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming made sales and/or use tax changes effective Oct. 1, 2012.

In Alaska, tax rates changed for the cities of Sitka, Skagway and Whittier.

In Alabama, tax rates changed in Mobile County.

In Arkansas, tax rates changed for the cities of Melbourne, Palestine, and Miller County.

In Arizona, tax rates changed for the city of Williams and the town of Buckeye.

In California, tax rates changed for the cities of Hercules, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Ridgecrest, Greenfield, Santa Maria, Soledad, and Sonoma.

In Kansas, tax rates changed for the cities of Coldwater, Independence and Yates Center and the county of Cowley.

In Missouri, tax rates changed for Cass County, Archie, Dunklin County, Malden, Greene County, Battlefield, Willard, Linn County, Brookfield, Osage County, Schuyler County, Queen City, Wayne County, Buffalo, Cainsville, Carl Junction, Carrollton, Fairfax, Farmington, Fredericktown, Galena, Hume, Kirksville, Monroe City, New Haven, Novinger, Puxico, Rhineland, Salisbury, Skidmore, Weaubleau, and West Plains.

In North Dakota, tax rates changed for Glenburn and Williams County.

In Nebraska, tax rates changed for Bancroft, Grant, Linwood, Shelton, Aurora, Beemer, Marquette, O’Neil, West Point and Wisner.

In Ohio, tax rates changed for Meigs County.

In Oklahoma, tax rates changed for Velma, Rogers, Bryan and Noble.

In South Carolina, tax rates changed for Beaufort County.

In Tennessee, tax rates changed for Alcoa, Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown and Lakeland.

In Texas, tax rates changed for Cresson, Crystal City, Lucas, and Panhandle.

In Washington, PTBA Pierce County Boundary changed, tax rates changed for Ridgefield, Waitsburg, Wenatchee REC PFD, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Dupont, Orting, Sumner, Part of Pierce County HBZ and Part of Pierce County.

In Wyoming, tax rates changed in Platte County.

There were 20 states with ZIP code changes effective after September 2012 including Alaska, Alabama, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Download a complete list of the ZIP code changes.

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