What is the Maryland sales tax? Maryland: Sales Tax Handbook

Maryland:

Maryland Sales Tax Rate MD Sales Tax 2016

State Sales Tax Local Sales Tax Range Average Local Tax Average Combined Tax Max Combined Tax
6.00% N/A N/A 6.00% 6%

2016 Maryland Sales Tax Handbook

These rankings show how the Maryland sales tax compares to the other 49 states + DC. The state with the highest sales tax is ranked 1st, and states with the same sales tax have a tie rank.

Maryland's Sales Tax By The Numbers:

Maryland has a higher-than-average state sales tax rate, but the actual sales tax rates in most Maryland cities are lower than average when compared to states that allow localities to collect sales taxes (Maryland does not).


Rankings by Average State + Local Sales Tax:

  Ranked 33rd highest by combined state + local sales tax

  Ranked 42nd highest by per capita revenue from state + local sales taxes ($695 per capita)


Rankings by State Sales Tax Only:

  Ranked 7th highest by state sales tax rate

  Ranked 30th highest by per capita revenue from the statewide sales tax ($697 per capita)



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Maryland has a statewide sales tax rate of 6.00%, which has been in place since 1947.

Unlike many other states, Maryland doesn't allow municipal governments to collect a local option sales tax. Therefore, sales tax rates will be the same across the entire state.

This page provides an overview of the sales tax rates and laws in Maryland. If you are a business owner and need to learn more about things like getting a sales tax permit, filing a sales tax return, or making tax-exempt purchases for resale see the Maryland Sales Tax Handbook's Table of Contents above.

What is exempt from sales taxes in Maryland?

Many states have special sales tax rates that apply to the purchase of certain types of goods, or fully exempt them from the sales tax altogether. Here's how Maryland taxes five types of commonly-exempted goods:


Clothing

  6.%

Groceries

  EXEMPT

Prepared Food

  6.%

Prescription Drugs

  EXEMPT

OTC Drugs

  6.%

For more details on what types of goods are specifically exempt from the Maryland sales tax see Maryland sales tax exemptions. To learn more about what types of transactions are subject to the sales tax to begin with, see what purchases are taxable in Maryland? Taxation of vehicle purchases in particular are discussed in the page about Maryland's sales tax on cars.

Are services subject to sales tax in Maryland?

"Goods" refers to the sale of tangible personal property, which are generally taxable. "Services" refers to the sale of labor or a non-tangible benefit. In Maryland, specified services are taxable.

About the Maryland Sales Tax

The state of Maryland has relatively simple sales tax rate, and utilizes a flat state tax rate with no local option sales taxes permitted. The sales tax extends to include internet purchases and other mail-ordered items.

It is worth noting that Maryland has an annual "back-to-school" tax holiday, which applies to certain items. In addition, Montgomery County levies a 5 cent tax for each plastic bag provided by a retailer in the process of a sale, pickup, or delivery. Of this tax, 4 cents is given to the Montgomery County water quality fund.

Is the Maryland Sales Tax Destination-Based or Origin-Based?

Maryland is a destination-based sales tax state, which means that sales tax rates are determined by the location of the buyer when the transaction is completed. This means that, for orders placed via the internet/mail by a customer within Maryland from a Maryland vendor, the vendor must collect a sales tax rate applicable at the buyer's address (including any applicable local sales taxes). This can significantly increase the complication of filing your sales tax return, because different sales tax rates must be charged to different buyers based on their location.

Is Maryland a Streamlined Sales Tax State?

Maryland is not a member of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. The SSUTA is an agreement adopted by about half of states that ensures that their sales tax laws are simplified to lower the costs associated with compliance.

Contact the Maryland Comptroller

The Maryland Sales Tax is administered by the Maryland Comptroller. You can learn more by visiting the sales tax information website at taxes.marylandtaxes.com.

Phone numbers for the Sales Tax division of the Comptroller are as follows:

  • Local Phone: (410) 260-7980
  • Toll-Free Phone: (800) 638-2937

Learn More: Our Book Recommendations

If you would like to learn more about how to manage your Maryland sales taxes, we recommend the following books:


Small Business Taxes For Dummies

This introductury book assists both current and aspiring small business owners with important tax planning issues, and covers a wide variety of small business tax topics.

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A Guide to Sales and Use Tax

This book provides information and insights on how to comply with a multitude of sales and use tax laws and regulations. This is our recommendation if you need an in-depth look into sales taxes.

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