The California (CA) state sales tax rate is currently 6.5%. However, California adds a mandatory local rate of 1% that increases the total state sales and use tax base to 7.5%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high at 10.0%.
State and local taxes can reach 9.25% in many cities. Food and prescription drugs are exempt from sales tax.
California was listed in Kiplinger’s 2011 10 Tax-Unfriendly States for Retirees.
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