Sales and Use Tax

Tax overview

Santa Monica’s total sales tax rate is 10.25%.  Rate details are below.

State 6.00
to City General Fund 1.00
to County for Transportation Uses 0.25
Local allocation 1.25
Voter-approved debt - LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Proposition A 0.50
Proposition C 0.50
Measure R 0.50
Measure M 0.50
LA County transportation allocation 2.00
Santa Monica voter-approved 
Measure Y (November 2010) 0.50
Measure GSH (November 2016) 0.50
Local measures 1.00

The current rate reflects 2017 increases from 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. 

The City's quarterly sales tax report provides a breakdown of...

  1. Sales Tax by Major Business Groups
  2. Top 25 Producers
  3. Statewide Results
  4. Revenue by Business Group
  5. Top Non-Confidential Business Types

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

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