Buyers beware. Sales taxes are climbing by as much as 1% in eight California cities next Tuesday and are being extended at high rates in two others.
Voters in these cities approved sales and use taxes with rate increases that take effect on April 1. Voters in El Monte in Los Angeles County also voted to extend their 9.5% sales tax through March 31, 2019, while Rohnert Park voters extended their 8.75% tax indefinitely.
The sales tax in Pleasanton and Alameda County of 8.75%, approved by voters in 2011, remains unchanged.
Starting Tuesday, shoppers in Huron in Fresno County will pay 9.225% on taxable merchandise, a 1% increase. San Rafael shoppers will pay 9.25% up a quarter of a cent, while the sales tax climbs to 9% in Antioch, Corte Madera, Larkspur and San Anselmo, a half-cent increase for those cities.
The sales tax in Stockton is being raised by 3/4th a percent, from 8.25% to 9%.
The California State Board of Equalization also has adopted a policy to presume taxable sales of food from mobile food trucks include sales tax in the listed price. They are now required to remit the tax on the listed price to the state.