The 25 US states with the lowest sales tax, ranked

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State and local sales taxes increase costs at the register.

  • With Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming, it's time to budget for holiday shopping.
  • Depending on where you live, state and local sales taxes can affect how much money you're paying at the register.
  • Using data from the Tax Foundation, we ranked the 25 states with the lowest combined state and local sales tax.

With Black Friday just around the corner and Cyber Monday on its heels, it's time to prep your wallet.

Depending on where you live, state and local sales taxes can increase how much money you're paying at the register.Advertisement

According to the Tax Foundation, every state in America can determine which goods and services to apply their statewide sales tax. Some states don't tax groceries or clothing, while others tax those products at a reduced rate. On top of that, some cities impose local taxes, which are determined by local governments.

To find out where residents pay the least in sales tax, we consulted the Tax Foundation, which listed state sales tax rates and calculated average local sales tax rates.

It's important to note that this ranking does not take into account state income taxes. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon don't have sales taxes or local taxes, but that does not mean residents there pay the least amount in taxes overall, as their state income tax rates may be higher.
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Below, see which states have the lowest combined sales tax.

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24 (TIE). Iowa

24 (TIE). Iowa

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.8%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: .8%

24 (TIE). Florida

24 (TIE). Florida

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.8%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: .8%

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23. Utah

23. Utah

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.77%

State sales tax rate: 5.95%

Average local sales tax rate: .82%

22. New Jersey

22. New Jersey

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.6%

State sales tax rate: 6.63%

Average local sales tax rate: -.03%

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21. South Dakota

21. South Dakota

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.4%

State sales tax rate: 4.5%

Average local sales tax rate: 1.9%

20. West Virginia

20. West Virginia

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.37%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: .37%

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19. Connecticut

19. Connecticut

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.35%

State sales tax rate: 6.35%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

18. Pennsylvania

18. Pennsylvania

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.34%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: .34%

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17. Massachusetts

17. Massachusetts

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.25%

State sales tax rate: 6.25%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

16. Vermont

16. Vermont

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.18%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: .18%

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15. Idaho

15. Idaho

Combined state and local sales tax: 6.03%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: .03%

12 (TIE). Michigan

12 (TIE). Michigan

Combined state and local sales tax: 6%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

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12 (TIE). Maryland

12 (TIE). Maryland

Combined state and local sales tax: 6%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

12 (TIE). Kentucky

12 (TIE). Kentucky

Combined state and local sales tax: 6%

State sales tax rate: 6%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

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11. Washington, DC

11. Washington, DC

Combined state and local sales tax: 5.75%

State sales tax rate: 5.75%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

10. Virginia

10. Virginia

Combined state and local sales tax: 5.63%

State sales tax rate: 5.3%

Average local sales tax rate: .33%

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9. Maine

9. Maine

Combined state and local sales tax: 5.5%

State sales tax rate: 5.5%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

8. Wyoming

8. Wyoming

Combined state and local sales tax: 5.46%

State sales tax rate: 4%

Average local sales tax rate: 1.46%

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7. Wisconsin

7. Wisconsin

Combined state and local sales tax: 5.42%

State sales tax rate: 5%

Average local sales tax rate: .42%

6. Hawaii

6. Hawaii

Combined state and local sales tax: 4.35%

State sales tax rate: 4%

Average local sales tax rate: .35%

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5. Alaska

5. Alaska

Combined state and local sales tax: 1.76%

State sales tax rate: 0%

Average local sales tax rate: 1.76%

1 (TIE). Oregon

1 (TIE). Oregon

Combined state and local sales tax: 0%

State sales tax rate: 0%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

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1 (TIE). New Hampshire

1 (TIE). New Hampshire

Combined state and local sales tax: 0%

State sales tax rate: 0%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

1 (TIE). Montana

1 (TIE). Montana

Combined state and local sales tax: 0%

State sales tax rate: 0%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%

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1 (TIE). Delaware

1 (TIE). Delaware

Combined state and local sales tax: 0%

State sales tax rate: 0%

Average local sales tax rate: 0%