Pennsylvania Sales Tax Law

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Pennsylvania has a 6 percent state sales tax, which is collected on the full purchase price, without deducting labor, shipping, handling, delivery or installation. Another 1 to 2 percent sales tax is imposed if the taxable sale is in a city or county with its own sales tax. The maximum combined rate is 8 percent in Pennsylvania. Any person or business making taxable sales on personal property, such as furniture, jewelry or household goods, or anyone providing a service, must obtain a sales tax license in the state. Apply for the license with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and register online at the PA business website or by completing a paper PA-100 registration form.

Tax Exempt Sales

Nontaxable items in Pennsylvania include certain clothing, food and beverages not sold from a caterer or establishment selling ready-to-eat food, and medicines and drugs.

  • Repair and cleaning services for formal wear and shoes 
  • Gasoline 

  • Wrapping supplies

  • Drugs or medical supplies 

  • Coal

  • Grocery store food 

  • Water
  • Many apparel items
  • Newspapers approved to carry a legal advertisement 
  • Caskets
  • United States and Pennsylvania flags
  • School textbooks
  • United States government sales
  • Commonwealth sales 
  • Resale items

Taxable Sales

Household goods and supplies and most toiletry items are taxed in Pennsylvania.

  • Bibles

  • Greeting cards 

  • Signs
  • Costumes
  • Cosmetics
  • Gardening supplies
  • Jewelry

  • Handbags
  • Antiques
  • Furniture

Services Subject to Tax

In Pennsylvania, many business services are taxed. These services include:

  • Lobbying 

  • Secretarial services

  • Cleaning 
  • Pest control not for agricultural purposes
  • Lawn care

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