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Sales tax rates change effective Jan. 1, 2017

Jan 6, 2017

The statewide sales and use tax rate decreased one quarter of one percent (0.25%) from 7.50 percent to 7.25 percent on Jan. 1, 2017. The decrease in the statewide rate is effective for all cities and counties in California; however, the actual sales and use tax rate may still be higher than the statewide rate in many jurisdictions in California due to the addition of district taxes. The rates effective Jan. 1 are as listed below:

  • Sacramento 8.25%
  • San Francisco 8.50%
  • Stockton 8.75%
  • Union City 9.75%.

Why is the sales and use tax rate decreasing? Proposition 30, The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, was approved by California voters in November 2012 to temporarily increase the sales and use tax by 0.25 percent. The sales and use tax imposed by Proposition 30 expired Dec. 31, 2016. 

Please note that it is the product receipt date that drives the appropriate sales tax rate (not the order placement date or the invoice date).  Therefore, if a product is received on or after Jan. 1, the new sales tax rate applies.  

If you have a question about a particular invoice and sales tax rate, please contact the Stockton Accounts Payable Department at 209.946.2156 for guidance. 

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