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How Much Sales Tax Do States Collect Every Month?

Business and Economy

How Much Sales Tax Do States Collect Every Month?

Business and Economy

New Census Bureau Experimental Product Shows Monthly State Sales Tax Collections

A new experimental U.S. Census Bureau product and interactive map offer one of the timeliest snapshot of the amount of taxes states collect every month from sales of selected products.

The data showcased in this new report provide monthly sales tax information, by state, for the following categories: general sales, lodging, alcoholic beverages, motor fuel and tobacco products.

The new product includes detailed breakouts by state, month, year and type of tax updated the third Friday of every month.

The info comes from unaudited data from existing state reports or data sources available on the internet. Additionally, states report quarterly sales tax collections in the Quarterly Survey of State and Local Tax Revenue.

State-by-State Data

The new product includes detailed breakouts by state, month, year and type of tax updated the third Friday of every month.

Data are rounded to the nearest dollar.

Taxes are defined as all compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes. The actual tax revenue includes related penalty and interest receipts but does not include charges that are in dispute).

You can check out the full methodology used. Additionally, you can find a state-by-state breakout of government tax collection data sources via this source file.

Mapping the Data

The interactive visualization below showcases the new data by mapping comparisons between 2019 to 2020 monthly sales tax collections.

The map offers various filtering options. For example, you can start by selecting a tax type among the available categories (outlined above) that you’re interested in exploring.

You can then select a currently available month from April to August in both 2019 and 2020. The map will quickly refresh with new statistics on an intuitive display. You can also animate the graphic by using the pause and play buttons.

 

 

Adam Grundy is a supervisory statistician in the Economic Management Division at the Census Bureau.

 

 

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