California State Sales Tax – A Quick Guide for Businesses

The State Spotlight Series CA

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California State Sales Tax Rate: 7.25%
Phone number for sales tax questions in California: 1-800-400-7115

Economic Nexus?

Not yet, but it’s coming. California’s economic nexus law will be effective on April 1, 2019.

State Sales Tax Due Dates

California State Sales Tax due dates

While the monthly California state sales tax returns are due on the last day of the following month, California also lists the regular due dates for the quarterly and yearly returns.
Quarterly returns are due April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31. The yearly reports are also due on the last day of January.

State Sales Tax Holiday?

Sorry residents, California has no current sales tax holiday laws on record, nor are there any currently planned. Though like always, if that changes we will update you.

Amazon Fulfillment Center?

Yes! Tons. If you are an online seller, definitely keep track of California. Nexus can be triggered by your product being stored in Amazon Fulfillment centers. Take a look at our map to find out exactly where they are in California.

Weirdest Tax Laws and Facts

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We all know its usually cheaper to pack your lunch than it is to buy it on the go, but this seems especially true in California. Vending machine carbonated drinks and hot foods are fully taxable, and even cold food products can be taxed at a whopping 33%. I think I’ll bring a bag lunch!

Bad news for vending machines, but there is good news if you plan on making your debut as a director in California. California Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 allows for tax credits up to 25%. The maximum dollar amount any independent film can receive is 2.5 million dollars.



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