Shoppers in Washington state probably won't be surprised to hear this. The non-partisan Tax Foundation says Washington has the fourth-highest retail sales tax in the country..
The mid-2013 report combines state sales tax and the average local sales tax to come up with its rankings.
If you're just basing it on the state sales tax, Washington is ninth at 6.5 percent. Add the average local sales tax of 2.37 percent and the Evergreen State moves to 4th behind Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Oregon, Montana, Alaska Delaware and New Hampshire have no statewide sales tax, but Alaska and Montana do allow some local sales taxes. The next lowest non-zero state sales tax is 2.9 percent in Colorado.
"Of course, sales taxes are just one part of an overall tax structure and should be considered in context," said the Tax Foundation report. "For example, Washington State has high sales taxes but no income tax; Oregon has no sales tax but high income taxes."
Other states with no income tax are Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and New Hampshire, according to finance advisor Kiplinger, but Tennessee and New Hampshire tax dividends and interest.
Here are the top 10 sales tax rates (combined state and average local sales tax):
- Tennessee: 9.44%
- Arkansas: 9.18%
- Louisiana: 8.89%
- Washington: 8.87%
- Oklahoma: 8.72%
- Alabama: 8.48%
- New York: 8.48%
- California: 8.41%
- Arizona: 8.16%
- Texas: 8.15%
The five states with the lowest combined state and local sales tax rates:
- Alaska: 1.69%
- Hawaii: 4.35%
- Maine: 5.0%
- Wisconsin: 5.43%
- Wyoming: 5.5%