So the kids are back in school; did you get your back to school shopping done? Did you take advantage of the sales tax holiday you saw advertised on national programing scheduled for your back to school shopping day? If you’re in California, there is no state sales tax holiday… not now, likely not ever.
The idea of a sales tax holiday is political gimmick used to stimulate retail sales by allowing a day or week where state sales tax does not need to be paid. Of the states that impose sales taxes, some 16 states across the country offer such a sales tax holiday, normally around back to school time to give a pre-holiday season boost to the economy. Although attempts have been made, California is not one of these states.
You may recall a story around tax day this past year about efforts to get a California sales tax holiday annually on tax day, not back to school season. This most recent attempt was proposed by California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez. However, that attempt is now suspended in committee and likely another failed attempt. So, you may see advertisements about a state sales tax holiday to get you to buy those back to school items, but if you’re in California; don't be surprised when you go to the cash register because you’re still going to pay the sales tax.
This article is not intended as legal or tax advice, and cannot be relied upon for any purpose without the services of a qualified professional.