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Old 11-21-2006, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Default Sales Tax

Has the sales tax been lowered in NC from 5%? I've gone into the NC Dept. of Taxation Website and still have questions. How does the tax on food in NC work? Are groceries taxed or just restaurant or carry out? We don't have a sales tax in Oregon, but have a high personal income tax. Sometimes it's a wash when you start making comparisons between the states. BTW - info on heating and cooling very helpful.
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Check this thread
sales tax in NC

The tax is combination of state tax of 4.5% and county tax of 2.5%, for a total of 7%, with exceptions for certain food items. Also, there is "tax-free week" once a year, when most back to school items are tax free, including clothing, computers, etc.

Basically, if you buy a shirt for $10, you'll pay $10.70.
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Old 11-21-2006, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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The state sales tax is 4.5 percent. Most taxable sales or purchases are also subject to the state tax as well as the 2.5 percent local tax rate levied by all counties, for a combined 7 percent.

• Mecklenburg County has an additional ½ percent local tax for public transportation, bringing sales taxes there to a total 7.5 percent.

• Effective Jan. 1, 2006, the total local rate of tax in Dare County increased to 3.5 percent, producing a combined state and local rate there of 8 percent.
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:34 AM
 
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Tigerlily, you might double check this, but I thought Oregon's personal income tax was the same or very close as NC. It's been a while since I checked that one. For us the move from Portland to NC will result in a savings in housing costs and property taxes. A very large savings for us. But NC does have odd property tax laws... you pay property taxes on your belongings too.

BTW, you really don't notice the sales tax for everyday purchases. In fact, here in Portland, my Mom always comments how things in the grocery store are about 5-6% more than NC. She says we pay sales taxes, but the stores get the benefit. I would imagine you notice sales tax when you buy larger purchases like a car, durable goods, furniture, etc.
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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But NC does have odd property tax laws... you pay property taxes on your belongings too.
Home furnishings are not included in the yearly property tax, but they use to be many years ago.

Personal Property - is property that is not permanently affixed to real property. Such as tagged and non-tagged motor vehicles, mobile homes, boats, boat motors and aircraft etc.

Real Property - is land, buildings , structures, improvements, and permanent fixtures.

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Old 01-28-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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Not to burst anyone's bubble in NC. However, although the stated tax rate is 7%, the actual rate is 7.9%. So, for all intensive purposes the tax rate is 8%. It's kind of like calling regular gas priced at $2.799 as $2.79, when actually it is $2.80. Let's not forget that the math rule for rounding decimal points pushes that 0.009 cent up, not down.Read more: [url]http://www.city-data.com/forum/north-carolina/25421-sales-tax.html#ixzz0dxnJizLx[/url]
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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The sales tax varies by county.
There is no state sales tax on groceries, but counties are allowed to charge 2%, and I think they all do. Some items that you may think of as groceries have a higher tax (7%?). Soft drinks are in this category - and "soft drink" has a pretty broad definition.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Is there a website which shows each county and the sales tax rate?
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:13 AM
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Location: The 12th State
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Is there a website which shows each county and the sales tax rate?
http://www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/stateandlocal_change.htm
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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I plan to buy a house (new construction) in Clayton, NC - is there a sales tax associated with this purchase?
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