Sales Tax Rates for Arizona Cities

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Glendale have different rates

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As of 2018, the Arizona state sales tax rate for most retail purchases is 5.6 percent (effective June 1, 2013), but several counties and cities around the state add on additional fees, making calculations for sales tax rates a little complicated depending on where you are.

For instance, Maricopa County (which includes Phoenix) adds on .7 percent sales tax to support roads and jails, which brings the total sales tax to 6.3 percent.

Then, each city in the county may then add an additional tax on top of that. However, the total sales tax in Arizona varies by county:

  • Mohave County: 5.85 percent
  • Apache, Cochise, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima Counties: 6.1 percent
  • Maricopa County: 6.3 percent
  • Yavapai County: 6.35 percent
  • Gila, Graham, and Santa Cruz Counties: 6.6 percent
  • Pinal County: 6.7 percent
  • Yuma County: 6.712 percent
  • Coconino County: 6.9 percent
  • La Paz County: 7.6 percent

Also known as the Transaction Privilege Tax, the sales tax covers most typical retail items like soccer balls, clothing, books, and vacuum cleaners. However, taxes charged at restaurants, bars, or hotels may have different rates, as might taxes for retail items costing thousands of dollars like cars. Additionally, the State of Arizona does not charge sales tax on food purchased at retail outlets for home consumption (grocery stores), but cities are allowed to do so, and almost all of them do.

Sales Tax by City in Maricopa County

When it comes to shopping in the greater Phoenix area, you'll most likely pay the Maricopa County sales tax in addition to city and state taxes, and there are even some cities nearby (but outside the county) that are being considered as part of the same tax bracket.

As a result, knowing what you should be paying in each city can go a long way in making sure you're not getting ripped off with the wrong sales taxes.

The following represents the city taxes for each ​major city in Maricopa County; those marked with an asterisk (*) charge a higher tax rate at restaurants and bars. In order to calculate total sales tax, simply add the below amount to the state (5.6 percent) and county (.7 percent) sales tax.

  • Apache Junction: 2.4 percent
  • Avondale: 2.5 percent
  • Buckeye: 3.0 percent
  • Carefree: 3.0 percent
  • Cave Creek: 3.0 percent
  • Chandler: 1.5 percent *
  • El Mirage: 3.0 percent
  • Fountain Hills: 2.6 percent
  • Gila Bend: 3.5 percent
  • Gilbert: 1.5 percent
  • Glendale: 2.9 percent
  • Goodyear: 2.5 percent *
  • Guadalupe: 4.0 percent *
  • Litchfield Park: 2.8 percent 
  • Mesa: 1.75 percent
  • Paradise Valley: 2.5 percent
  • Peoria: 1.8 percent *
  • Phoenix: ​2.3 percent
  • Queen Creek: 2.25 percent
  • Scottsdale: ​1.65 percent
  • Surprise: 2.2 percent *
  • Tempe: 1.8 percent *
  • Tolleson: 2.5 percent *
  • Wickenburg: 2.2 percent *
  • Youngtown: 3.0 percent

Although they are not located within Maricopa County, many people in the following cities and towns in Pinal and Gila Counties live or work or play in the Phoenix area, since they are very close.

However, the Maricopa County sales tax does not apply to transactions in these locations; instead, you'll need to apply the appropriate county taxes.

  • Casa Grande: 2.0 percent
  • Florence: 2.0 percent
  • Globe: 2.3 percent
  • Maricopa: 2.0 percent
  • Miami: 2.5 percent

How to Avoid and Report Sales Tax Scams

While businesses in and around Phoenix are typically trustworthy when it comes to charging the right amount in sales taxes, some computer systems may have difficulty charging different rates when purchasing different types of items at the same time (like groceries and office supplies). On the other hand, some new business owners may mistakenly be charging the wrong city or county's sales tax if they've just moved their location recently.

In any case, if you feel you're being charged too much for your purchases, you can file a complaint about sales tax with the state tax agency.

Oftentimes when someone protests a sales tax rate, the government or business will refund the overtaxed portion of the purchase.

When planning a shopping trip in Phoenix, making sure you know which town you're in and how much they charge in local taxes can go a long way in preventing you from overpaying in sales tax. Although it can seem a little complicated at first, calculating the appropriate sales tax is as easy as knowing the right numbers.