The Oklahoma City metro area is made up of many individual cities, so where you're shopping dictates the individual sales tax you pay. Here is detailed information on sales tax in the Oklahoma City area, along with a table that shows the current rates by community.
How Sales Tax Is Figured
There are three components to sales tax in the state of Oklahoma. The first is the portion that goes to the state. This is set at 4.5 percent and has been since 1990. Some counties also impose a percentage. For example, in the metro area, both Canadian County and Cleveland County receive sales tax money, but Oklahoma County does not. Finally, there's the portion that goes to the city in which the purchase is made.
What Sales Taxes Fund
On a state level, sales tax funds the government, everything from education to health programs. Locally, cities rely on sales tax to pay for road maintenance, police, fire and, often, capital improvement projects. In Oklahoma City, 1/8 of a cent goes to support the OKC Zoo while 1 cent pays for MAPS.
Paying Sales Tax on Internet Purchases
For websites that have physical stores in the state of Oklahoma, for example, Wal-Mart and Target, the sales tax will be added upon purchase online. For others, such as Amazon, no sales tax is charged at the point of purchase. However, you are required to report this in your income tax filing under "Use Tax" at the rate for your city of residence.
The Current Rates
Here's a table with rates for the major Oklahoma City area communities. Note that these can and do change.
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