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.

State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth
Alabama4,898,2460.21%
Arizona7,275,0701.44%
Arkansas3,026,4120.42%
California39,747,2670.48%
Colorado5,770,5451.32%
Connecticut3,567,871-0.13%
Florida21,646,1551.63%
Georgia10,627,7671.03%
Hawaii1,416,589-0.27%
Idaho1,790,1822.05%
Illinois12,700,381-0.32%
Indiana6,718,6160.40%
Iowa3,167,9970.38%
Kansas2,910,931-0.02%
Kentucky4,484,0470.35%
Louisiana4,652,581-0.16%
Maine1,342,0970.28%
Maryland6,062,9170.33%
Massachusetts6,939,3730.54%
Michigan10,020,4720.25%
Minnesota5,655,9250.80%
Mississippi2,987,8950.05%
Missouri6,147,8610.35%
Nebraska1,940,9190.60%
Nevada3,087,0251.73%
New Jersey8,922,5470.16%
New Mexico2,096,0340.03%
New York19,491,339-0.26%
North Carolina10,497,7411.10%
North Dakota760,9000.11%
Ohio11,718,5680.25%
Oklahoma3,948,9500.15%
Pennsylvania12,813,9690.05%
Rhode Island1,056,738-0.05%
South Carolina5,147,1111.24%
South Dakota892,6311.18%
Tennessee6,833,7930.94%
Texas29,087,0701.34%
Utah3,221,6101.91%
Vermont627,1800.14%
Virginia8,571,9460.64%
Washington7,666,3431.74%
West Virginia1,791,951-0.77%
Wisconsin5,832,6610.33%
Wyoming572,381-0.93%