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California's New Sales Tax Rates as of April 2009

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Attorney, June 2009 Add to Favorites
Effective April 1, 2009, California’s base sales tax rate increased 1% to 8.25%. Yes this is not the tax rate paid by residents of California as each county has added percentages to the state’s base sales tax rate. In effect, most Californians are now paying an average of 9% on their retail purchases. In Los Angeles County the new sales tax rate is now a whopping 9.25%. In San Francisco, the new sales tax rate is 9.50% and in San Diego County the sales tax rate is now 8.75%.

More detailed information can be found in this 2009 publication titled, (California City and County Sales and Use Tax Rates (.PDF)), provided by California’s State Board of Equalization.

Not surprisingly, California's government still can't get a handle on its spending and is still considering expanding the sales tax to include services, and many other goods previously exempt. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to close down the government on July 1, 2009 if the state's legislature doesn't propose a new budget that significantly cut's spending instead of increasing fees and taxes on a multitude of items and services. The governor has also reiterated his support for a constitutional convention to overhaul state government.


Tags: los angeles sales tax, san diego sales tax, san francisco sales tax
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 


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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.