California Sales Tax Increase – January 1

The statewide sales and use tax rate will increase one quarter of one percent (0.25%) from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent on January 1, 2013. This rate increase was approved by California voters when they approved Proposition 30 on November 6, 2012.

Among other things, Proposition 30 increases the statewide sales and use tax rate for four years—January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2016.

Across California, the sales and use tax rate will range from 7.50 percent to 10.00 percent because in some cities and counties, voter-approved district taxes are added to the statewide base rate.

Local New Tax Rates
Arbuckle………..7.5%
Colusa…………..7.5%
Maxwell…………7.5%
Williams………..8.0%

Locally, sales tax rate will be a uniform 7.5% throughout the county with the unique exception of the City of Williams, where voters agreed to permanently keep the additional .50% tax with Measure G.

California sales tax generally applies to retail sales of goods and merchandise except those sales specifically exempted by law.

“Use Tax” is the same rate as the sales tax and generally applies to the storage, use, or other consumption in California of goods purchased from retailers in transactions not subject to the sales tax. Use tax may also apply to purchases shipped to California consumers from other states, including purchases by mail order, telephone, or Internet.

The sales and use tax rate increase does not apply to purchases of gasoline. However, the sales and use tax rate increase does apply to purchases of diesel fuel.

For updates on the latest changes, retailers should check the BOE website, www.boe.ca.gov, or call the BOE Taxpayer Information Section at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.