The Texas state sales tax rate is currently 6.25%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 8.25%.
At the local levels, city taxes can range from .25% – 2%; county rates vary from .5% – 1.5%; transit from .25% – 1%; and special purpose districts from .125% – 2%. However, the combined rate of local sales and use taxes cannot exceed 2%, making the highest possible combined tax rate 8.25%.
Not all cities and counties have a local code. Cities and counties without a local code do not charge a local sales and use tax. An example of the complexity of Texas state law is Spring, Texas. Spring is unincorporated but is located within a special purpose district. Local sales and use tax collected is not reported to Spring but to one of two possible tax jurisdictions.
Interest on past due taxes begins 61 days after the due date.
Sales Tax Holidays: The Texas Energy Star sales tax holiday is the last weekend in May, May 26-28 in 2012.
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