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Old 02-04-2008, 09:39 AM
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What are the sales taxes in Noth Carolina and South Carolina?
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:22 AM
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Exact sales tax can vary by county.

North Carolina
Most items sold within the state are subject to a 6.75 percent sales tax, which includes a 4.25 percent state and a 2.5 percent local portion. Mecklenburg County’s local rate is 3 percent, which brings its total to 7.25 percent. Like most states that have a sales tax, North Carolina has a use tax that applies to items purchased outside the state for use inside the state. The state’s sales tax holiday – designed to help families with their back-to-school shopping – is held on the first weekend of August. There is no state tax on retail food sold for home consumption; however, the two percent local sales tax on food does apply. The state’s motor fuels tax is capped at 29.9 cents per gallon.
South Carolina
South Carolina’s state sales and use tax rate increases to 6 percent effective June 1, 2007, to help offset some reduction in local property taxes. Some counties may have a voter-approved local sales tax as well. Local sales taxes are used for property tax relief, construction or repair of roads, bridges and schools, or other specific projects. Prescription drugs, insulin, dental prosthetics and hearing aids are exempt from sales tax. The sales tax on the purchase of motor vehicles, including recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles and airplanes, is capped at $300. The state sales tax rate on unprepared food is 3 percent.

Seniors 85 years old and older are entitled to a 1 percent exemption in the state sales and use tax rate. (The exemption does not apply to the 3 percent tax rate on unprepared food, however.)

A 5 percent use tax is applied to purchases made out of state – including Internet, catalog and TV shopping network sales – by South Carolina residents who have shipped, or bring back to South Carolina, tangible goods for “use or storage.” A use tax credit is given to the purchaser if a sales tax is paid to the state in which the purchase is made and the buyer can produce a sales receipt showing the tax was paid. The use tax can be conveniently reported on South Carolina’s individual income tax return each year. Every state that has a sales tax also imposes the use tax.
Source: Carolina Living
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