Sales taxes are a state-imposed fee that is collected on most retail purchases. Individual states determine what percentage of a retail sale is to be collected, and what types of sales can be exempted.
While the buyer is responsible for paying the tax, it is the seller who is normally tasked with collecting the tax from the buyer and remitting it to the state in a timely fashion.
Tax rates and tax codes vary considerably from state to state across the United States, the District of Columbia and the various possessions. Most states don't levy a state-wide flat tax rate, but rather, allow each county, city, and special district to add on an additional tax of their own.
To see detailed information about the general sales tax rates and laws for any given state, click on any state in the map below.