March 30, 2017
Don't be fooled by the timing: the Santa Cruz sales tax will increase half-percent (0.5%) on April 1, 2017. Due to the passage of Measure D sales and use tax is 9% just in time for spring break in the City of Santa Cruz (and across Santa Cruz County with an additional 0.25% in Watsonville).
We weren't kidding back in January when the effective sales and use tax dropped temporarily but would increase on April Fools Day 2017.
Sales tax is 9% in the City of Santa Cruz as of April 1, 2017
According to the California State Board of Equalization, retailers are responsible for charging the correct sales tax.
Additional information on the sales and use tax effective on April 1 is at:
- Board of Equalization Sales and Use Tax Rate Changes Operative April 1, 2017
- Board of Equalization Customer Service Center
- 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711)
- Weekdays 8:00 AM to 5 PM