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  • Adjusted Sales Tax Rate Effective April 1, 2019

    February 25, 2019
    Adjusted Sales Tax Rate Effective April 1, 2019

    Santa Maria retailers are reminded to adjust their point of sale systems (cashiering equipment) for the voter-approved local sales and use tax increase that will take effect on Monday, April 1st. The current local sales tax will increase from 0.25 percent to 1.0 percent.
    Notices are being sent on March 1st to businesses by the California Department of Tax and Administration, the agency responsible for administering and collecting the transactions and use taxes for the City. The notice was posted February 19th to its website, http://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/taxes-and-fees/sales-use-tax-rates.htm.
    In the November 2018 election, City of Santa Maria voters extended and enhanced the Measure U general purpose tax from the one-quarter cent rate approved in June 2012, to the one-cent rate effective on April 1, 2019 to maintain and enhance City services. As a result, the overall sales tax rate in Santa Maria will increase from 8.00 percent to 8.75 percent beginning Monday, April 1st.
    The Measure U revenue will be used to maintain and enhance City services such as neighborhood police patrols, fire protection, 9‐1‐1 emergency response, youth services, and quality of life.
    Retailers may learn more about the tax rate online at http://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/taxes-and-fees/know-your-rate.htm or may call the Department of Tax and Administration at 1-800-400-7115. To confirm or determine if a business address is within the City limits of Santa Maria by address lookup online, use https://gis.cdtfa.ca.gov/public/maps/taxrates/.

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