Sales and Use Tax

Tax overview

Santa Monica’s total sales tax rate is 9.75% as of April 1, 2017.  The rate will increase on July 1 (10.25%) as shown below

ALLOCATION 2017 Rates (%)
January 1 April 1 July 1
State 6.00 6.00 6.00
Local
to City General Fund 1.00 1.00 1.00
to County for Transportation Uses 0.25 0.25 0.25
Local allocation 1.25 1.25 1.25
Voter-approved debt - LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Proposition A 0.50 0.50 0.50
Proposition C 0.50 0.50 0.50
Measure R 0.50 0.50 0.50
Measure M - - 0.50
LA County transportation allocation 1.50 1.50 2.00
Santa Monica voter-approved 
Measure Y (November 2010) 0.50 0.50 0.50
Measure GSH (November 2016) - 0.50 0.50
Local measures 0.50 1.00 1.00
SANTA MONICA SALES TAX RATE 9.25 9.75 10.25

Rate changes in 2017 are due to the following local and County measures:

  • City (Measure GSH): The 0.5% sales tax rate increase funds affordable housing initiatives and education in Santa Monica:  50% of associated revenue goes to the school district, 50% to affordable housing. 
  • County (Measure M): The 0.5% sales tax rate increase funds transit improvements impacting Los Angeles County and the surrounding area. 

For more information, please visit the California State Board of Equalization website: 


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