States Without Sales Tax 2019

Sales tax is a type of levy imposed by the government at the point of sale for goods or services. To simplify, when you make a purchase, the sales tax is added to the cost of your purchase. For example, if a state has a 5% sales tax and you purchase an item that costs ten dollars, you will pay $10.50 at the register.

The amount of sales tax varies from state to state. Some states – 38 as of November 2018 – also have local sales taxes. The highest average combined state and local tax rates are in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Washington, each of which has combined taxes of over 9%. At the state level, California has the highest tax rate at 7.25%. Four states fall only slightly behind with state sales tax rates of 7%. Those states are Tennessee, Indiana, Mississippi, and Rhode Island.

Forty-five states plus Washington, D.C., have statewide sales tax. The states that do not have state sales taxes are:

Even though Alaska does not have a state sales tax, localities can charge local sales taxes.

Rank State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth 2018 Pop. 2010 Census Growth Since 2010 % of US
1California39,747,2670.48%39,557,04537,320,9036.50%11.96%
2Texas29,087,0701.34%28,701,84525,242,67915.23%8.75%
3Florida21,646,1551.63%21,299,32518,845,78514.86%6.51%
4New York19,491,339-0.26%19,542,20919,400,0800.47%5.86%
5Pennsylvania12,813,9690.05%12,807,06012,711,1580.81%3.86%
6Illinois12,700,381-0.32%12,741,08012,840,762-1.09%3.82%
7Ohio11,718,5680.25%11,689,44211,539,3271.55%3.53%
8Georgia10,627,7671.03%10,519,4759,711,8109.43%3.20%
9North Carolina10,497,7411.10%10,383,6209,574,2939.65%3.16%
10Michigan10,020,4720.25%9,995,9159,877,5351.45%3.01%
11New Jersey8,922,5470.16%8,908,5208,799,6241.40%2.68%
12Virginia8,571,9460.64%8,517,6858,023,6806.83%2.58%
13Washington7,666,3431.74%7,535,5916,742,90213.70%2.31%
14Arizona7,275,0701.44%7,171,6466,407,77413.54%2.19%
15Massachusetts6,939,3730.54%6,902,1496,566,4315.68%2.09%
16Tennessee6,833,7930.94%6,770,0106,355,3017.53%2.06%
17Indiana6,718,6160.40%6,691,8786,490,4363.52%2.02%
18Missouri6,147,8610.35%6,126,4525,995,9762.53%1.85%
19Maryland6,062,9170.33%6,042,7185,788,6424.74%1.82%
20Wisconsin5,832,6610.33%5,813,5685,690,4792.50%1.75%
21Colorado5,770,5451.32%5,695,5645,048,28114.31%1.74%
22Minnesota5,655,9250.80%5,611,1795,310,8436.50%1.70%
23South Carolina5,147,1111.24%5,084,1274,635,65611.03%1.55%
24Alabama4,898,2460.21%4,887,8714,785,4482.36%1.47%
25Louisiana4,652,581-0.16%4,659,9784,544,5322.38%1.40%
26Kentucky4,484,0470.35%4,468,4024,348,2003.12%1.35%
28Oklahoma3,948,9500.15%3,943,0793,759,6325.04%1.19%
29Connecticut3,567,871-0.13%3,572,6653,579,125-0.31%1.07%
30Utah3,221,6101.91%3,161,1052,775,33416.08%0.97%
31Iowa3,167,9970.38%3,156,1453,050,7673.84%0.95%
33Nevada3,087,0251.73%3,034,3922,702,46414.23%0.93%
34Arkansas3,026,4120.42%3,013,8252,921,9783.57%0.91%
35Mississippi2,987,8950.05%2,986,5302,970,5360.58%0.90%
36Kansas2,910,931-0.02%2,911,5052,858,2131.84%0.88%
37New Mexico2,096,0340.03%2,095,4282,064,5881.52%0.63%
38Nebraska1,940,9190.60%1,929,2681,829,5366.09%0.58%
39West Virginia1,791,951-0.77%1,805,8321,854,214-3.36%0.54%
40Idaho1,790,1822.05%1,754,2081,570,77313.97%0.54%
41Hawaii1,416,589-0.27%1,420,4911,363,9633.86%0.43%
43Maine1,342,0970.28%1,338,4041,327,6321.09%0.40%
45Rhode Island1,056,738-0.05%1,057,3151,053,9380.27%0.32%
47South Dakota892,6311.18%882,235816,1659.37%0.27%
48North Dakota760,9000.11%760,077674,71012.77%0.23%
51Vermont627,1800.14%626,299625,8800.21%0.19%
52Wyoming572,381-0.93%577,737564,4831.40%0.17%