California Sales Tax Rate Changes January 2013

California: Sales Tax Rate Change Set for January 1, 2013.

UPDATE, 2.17.14 Several local California jurisdictions will change their sales tax rates on April 1, 2014. 

UPDATE, 3.19.13 Several local California jurisdictions will changes their sales tax rates on April 1, 2013.  

California will raise its state sales tax rate by one quarter of one percent (0.25%) on January 1, 2013, due to the passage of Proposition 30.


Many counties and municipalities have add-ons, so as of January 2013, the total rate of sales and use tax in California will range from 7.5% in such places as Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, to 10% in South Gate, Los Angeles County.  

The following rates will be effective January 1, 2013:

  • Eureka: 8.25%
  • Los Angeles: 9.00%
  • Palm Springs: 9.00%
  • Palo Alto: 8.63%
  • Sacramento: 8.00%
  • San Diego: 8.00%
  • San Francisco: 8.75%

A complete list of the new sales tax rates for California cities and counties is available at the California State Board of Equalization. This higher tax rate of 7.50% is set to expire on December 31, 2016. Download California rates by ZIP code below.

Subject to Proposition 30 Sales Tax Rate Increase:

  • Sales of diesel fuel. The sales tax rate for diesel fuel will be 9.67% (plus applicable diesel taxes) from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
  • The 0.25% rate increase applies “to all taxable sales and purchases made as part of fixed priced contracts and fixed price lease agreements that were entered prior to January 1, 2013.”

Not Subject to Proposition 30 Sales Tax Rate Increase:

  • Sales of motor vehicle fuel (gasoline). The sales tax rate for sales of gasoline will remain 2.25% (plus applicable district taxes).
  • Sales tax prepayment rate for motor vehicle and diesel fuel.

Revenue generated by Proposition 30 will fund K-12 schools, community colleges, and public safety services.

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8 Responses to California Sales Tax Rate Changes January 2013

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  2. Owen Pillow says:

    Is sales tax on the price paid for an item or what the retail price advertised. If an Item is retailed @ $600 and you pay $400 what is Ca sales tax based on, $600 0r $400?

  3. Mike says:

    Owen, I think what will means is: You pay the tax on the sale price; the price you paid. They have managed to make you pay sales tax in certain circumstances on an “instant savings”, which I think they probably classify as a rebate. In those cases you still pay tax on the sale price, but the sale may additionally provide an instant rebate which can be taxable. And I think they can charge tax sometimes for a buy one get one free type of deal, but it’s pretty vague on to me how that works. The gist of your answer though is pay tax on the discounted price. I hope that helps. The state’s web designers have made most of the information you might need pretty straightforward, but it’s still a rather gigantic organization and at times still easy to get lost there!

    • Him says:

      Unless you are talking about cell phones. In CA, the tax on a cell phone is on the full retail price when you buy it with a plan. If a plan offers a free phone, you would still need to pay the tax based on the phone’s retail price. If the retail price is on sale and you are buying it out of contract, the tax will apply to the sale price. Sometimes going a county over might save you a lot if purchasing big ticket items.

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  5. BillyBod says:

    Idiotic raising the Sales tax rate again. No tax is ever temporary.

  6. F. Pena says:

    I found a new car in Carson, Ca. That I want to purchase.
    Being a Florida resident, I will fly there, make the purchase then drive the car to Florida and register it there.
    What is the sales tax on a new vehicle in Carson, Ca? Can I get temp dealer plates, drive it to Florida and pay the Florida sales tax at the same time
    I register. I’ve asked the dealer in Ca. And the Florida DMV and
    have gotten conflicting answers… What’s the correct answer?

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