Sales and Income Tax

In the United States, when you purchase tangible goods, utilities or other services, you generally must pay a sales tax. The sales tax amount differs from state to state, and some states do not charge a tax at all. However, the state of Georgia does have a sales tax.

Sales tax is not stated in the price of an item; it is added to the price when you pay. As mentioned previously, sales tax varies depending upon the state and, sometimes, the county within the state. In the Atlanta area, the sales tax is generally 7% of the price (except for food tax which is generally 2-3%). Thus, if an item is priced at $1.00, your total cost will be $1.07. If you are uncertain about how much a particular item will cost, you can ask a cashier to check for you.