The Pennsylvania (PA) state sales tax rate is currently 6.0%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 8%.
The maximum rate combined with local sales tax rates can be no higher than 8.0%. At present, Philadelphia is allowed to impose an additional 2% sales tax rate through June 30, 2014 and Allegheny County is authorized to levy a 1% local sales tax.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states with a single, statewide sales tax. Businesses in Pennsylvania are required to file and remit sales tax electronically. Trustfile, owned by Avalara, is the single approved third party software vendor for filing sales tax in Pennsylvania.
Major items that Pennsylvania does not tax: food (except for ready-to-eat), most clothing apparel, textbooks, drugs, sales for resale items and residential heating fuels. Pennsylvania provides a Retailer’s Information Guide with a list of taxable items in the state.
Pennsylvania was listed in Kiplinger’s 2011 10 tax-friendly states for retirees. Food, clothing and medicine are exempt from sales tax. There is no income tax on social security and qualified retirement income, but property taxes can be high in some areas.
It is said that the history of sales taxes in the US dates back to a license tax imposed by Pennsylvania in 1821. A general sales tax was adopted in the state around 1953.
Avalara Sales and Use Tax Products for Pennsylvania
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