Indiana: Sales Tax Handbook
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2016 Indiana Sales Tax Handbook
Indiana Table of Contents
- List of Local Sales Tax Rates
- Sales Tax Calculator
- Sales Tax Exemption Certificates
- Sales Tax Info For Businessowners
- Taxable vs. Non-Taxable Purchases
- Sales Tax on Cars & Vehicles
- More Information
Indiana's Sales Tax By The Numbers:
Indiana has a higher-than-average sales tax, including when compared to states that allow localities to collect sales taxes (Indiana does not).
Rankings by Average State + Local Sales Tax:
Ranked 21st highest by combined state + local sales tax
Ranked 23rd highest by per capita revenue from state + local sales taxes ($1,015 per capita)
Rankings by State Sales Tax Only:
Ranked 2nd highest by state sales tax rate
Ranked 9th highest by per capita revenue from the statewide sales tax ($1,037 per capita)
Printable PDF Indiana Sales Tax Datasheet
Indiana has a statewide sales tax rate of 7.00%, which has been in place since 1933.
Unlike many other states, Indiana 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 Indiana. 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 Indiana Sales Tax Handbook's Table of Contents above.
What is exempt from sales taxes in Indiana?
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 Indiana taxes five types of commonly-exempted goods:
For more details on what types of goods are specifically exempt from the Indiana sales tax see Indiana 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 Indiana? Taxation of vehicle purchases in particular are discussed in the page about Indiana's sales tax on cars.
Are services subject to sales tax in Indiana?
"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 Indiana, services are generally not taxable.
About the Indiana Sales Tax
The state of Indiana has a relatively simple sales tax system, consisting of a flat state tax rate in addition to county and local city taxes, which will vary significantly depending on which jurisdiction you are in. Many localities also have local taxes on restaurant food and beverages.
Indiana's sales tax was raised to its current rate in 2008 to offset tax revenue lost due to statewide property tax reform. Revenue raised through the sales tax is generally used for local economic development and tourism projects. Examples include the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, both of which were paid for with sales tax revenues.
Is the Indiana Sales Tax Destination-Based or Origin-Based?
Indiana 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 Indiana from a Indiana 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 Indiana a Streamlined Sales Tax State?
Indiana is a member of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, which means that the Indiana Department of Revenue has taken significant steps to simplify Indiana's sales tax rules and administration process.
Contact the Indiana Department of Revenue
The Indiana Sales Tax is administered by the Indiana Department of Revenue. You can learn more by visiting the sales tax information website at www.in.gov.
Phone numbers for the Sales Tax division of the Department of Revenue are as follows:
- Local Phone: (317) 233-4015
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