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Sales Tax Increase In Bay Area Cities, Counties Effective April 1

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — This could be a good weekend to buy a wide variety items — from cars and tools, to clothes and toys — because sales taxes in more than 20 cities and counties across California are due to go up Monday.

The Bay Area cities with the highest sales tax rate of 9.5 percent are Albany, Moraga, Orinda and Half Moon Bay.

Three Bay Area counties — Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara — will implement countywide sales tax increases.

Across the state, municipalities from Carmel to Culver City are increasing their sales taxes anywhere from a quarter- to a half-cent on every dollar of sales as they seek to boost revenues.

Sacramento’s increase — from 8 to 8.5 percent — is estimated to bring in an additional $28 million a year.

On a $1,000 refrigerator, for instance, the new Sacramento city rate will mean an extra $5 in sales taxes. For a $25,000 vehicle, that would come to an additional $125 in sales tax.

Voters approved the sales tax rate increases effective April 1, 2013. The State Board of Equalization published the new rates for each of the affected cities and counties on its website:
http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/l346.pdf

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