Sales tax rate drops

An Aldi grocery store celebrated a grand opening in Newhall on Dec. 14. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal

As of Sunday, state residents began saving a bit on sales and use taxes.

The statewide tax rate decreased one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) from 7.50 percent to 7.25 percent.

While those living in Santa Clarita valley will benefit, the sales tax rate is still higher at 8.75 percent. It had been levied at 9 percent prior to the statewide drop.

As for California’s tax rate dropping a smidgen, that decrease is to the expiration of Proposition 30 – The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 – on Dec. 31.

The school measure – which propped up taxes – was approved by voters in November 2012.

To find the correct rate in your city or county, visit the Find a Sales and Use Tax Rate website.

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