Austin Texas sales tax is a rate of tax a consumer must pay when purchasing goods (and some services) in Travis County, Texas, and that a business must collect from their customers. The base Austin Texas sales tax rate is 1%, and the Austin MTA Transit rate is 1%, so when combined with the Texas sales tax rate of 6.25%, the Austin Texas sales tax rate totals 8.25% on sales of tangible personal property and certain services.
Austin MTA Transit stands for, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Travis County. The world-famous city of Austin is situated in Travis County and plays a big factor in how the Austin Texas sales tax is calculated. The Travis County sales tax rate is 0%, however, the Austin and Austin MTA sales tax rates are 1% and 1% respectively, meaning that the minimum sales tax you will have to pay in Travis County when combined with the base rate of sales and use tax in Texas is 8.25%.
These are not the only areas that are affected by Austin MTA taxes, other participating cities, and areas that must pay the 1% Austin MTA tax include:
- Lago Vista
- Point Venture
- San Leanna
- The unincorporated area of southern Williamson County including Anderson Mill, Jollyville, and
- Pond Springs.
- Parts of unincorporated northwestern, central and northeastern Travis County.
The Austin Texas sales tax rate is only applicable to businesses and sellers that are doing business in or selling to customers within Travis County, TX. The minimum combined Austin Texas sales tax rate of 8.25% is applicable in most areas within the county but there may be other circumstances that allow for more sales tax to be paid or collected within Travis County, so you should always do an address search to confirm this.
Austin Texas Sales Tax
Since the sales tax in Travis County can vary depending on where your business is based, it is important to look up the county and local level sales tax rate and calculate tax based on a specific address since the area and zip code your business is located in, or the specific area in which your customers are based or having products shipped to can affect the rate you pay or must collect from your customers.
Austin Texas Sales Tax: 8.25%
Austin Texas sales tax is no different than most other counties in various states throughout the U.S. There is typically no specific standard rate that you can completely rely on to determine the rate you should pay or collect, so it is important to utilize the services of a professional tax collection company to maintain compliance and abide by U.S. sales and use tax laws.
If you would like to see the sales tax in Texas by county then head over to our page that has a table listing all the Texas county sales tax rates in alphabetical order. There are 254 counties in Texas and the list is pretty long, but it will be very helpful to you in determining the various local level rates in the state of Texas. You can sort the list by alphabetical order, or from the highest to the lowest tax rate, and vice versa.
Travis County Sales Tax
The Travis County sales tax is the same rate as Austin as there is no specific Travis county sales tax rate as mentioned previously. So, the Travis county sales tax you must collect as a business is dependent on where specifically in the county your retail business is located, or where your customers that you ship to, reside.
If you would like to look up a specific address in Travis County to determine the Travis County sales tax rate or any other county in Texas to figure out the specific rate you must collect at a local level, then you can either head over to the Avalara website and enter the street, city, and region to determine your Austin Texas sales and use tax rate by specific location or visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website to search for sales tax rates by address.
If you are unsure whether your business should collect Austin Texas sales tax or you would like to apply for a sales and use tax license for your Texas business, you will want to visit the Texas Comptroller website. For other ways to contact the Texas Comptroller, here is their address and phone number.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Lyndon B. Johnson State Office Building
111 East 17th Street
Austin, Texas 78774
Several online services are available 24/7 on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website, including electronically filing a return, making a payment, setting up payment plans, checking the status of a refund, or making a general inquiry on your account.