Tax Rates for Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Sales Tax
Santa Cruz City Sales Tax0.5%
Santa Cruz County Sales Tax2.5%
California State Sales Tax6.0%
Combined Sales Tax9.0%
Property Tax
Santa Cruz County Property Tax1.101%
California State Property Tax0.0%
Income Tax
Local Income Tax0.0%
California State Income Tax1% (<$7,850) to 13.30% (> $1m)

Source(s): http://www.boe.ca.gov

Sales Tax in Santa Cruz, CA

While the State of California only charges a 6% sales tax, there's also a state mandated 1.25% local rate, bringing the minimum sales tax rate in the state up to 7.25%.

A combined city and county sales tax rate of 3.0% on top of California's 6% base makes Santa Cruz one of the more expensive cities to shop in, with 1717 out of 1782 cities having a sales tax rate this low or lower.

Property Tax in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County has one of the higher property tax rates in the state, at around 1.101%. 34 out of 58 counties have lower property tax rates. 23 counties have higher tax rates. Note that 1.101% is an effective tax rate estimate. Actual property tax rates vary slightly from property to property within cities and counties due to special property tax boundaries.

California has one of the lowest property tax rates in the country, thanks primarily to Proposition 13, a 1978 amendment to California's Constitution. Proposition 13 limits property taxes (which are determined by local governments) to at most 1% of the property's cash value. In addition, annual increases due to property value appreciation are limited to 2% per year. A property's value can only be reassessed for tax purposes if the property changes owners or if there is construction done to the property. Despite the 1% ad valorem tax limit, almost all effective property tax rates in California actually end up exceeding 1%. How can that happen? Proposition 13 allows local governments to charge additional fixed amount special assessments. Those special assessments can be earmarked for anything from funding schools to mosquito abatement. Local governments are also allowed to sell taxpayer approved bonds, which are repaid by additional property taxes not subject to the 1% limit.

Income Tax in California

California is one of 36 states that don't have any local (city or county level) income taxes. It does, however, have the highest top tax bracket in the country of 13.3% on income over $1 million, as well as a pretty high effective rate for middle class workers.

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Carlotta, Humboldt, CA

Dixon, Solano, CA

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Gaviota, Santa Barbara, CA

Patton, San Bernardino, CA

South Laguna (Laguna Beach), Orange, CA

Mojave, Kern, CA

Blocksburg, Humboldt, CA

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Rancho Dominguez, Los Angeles, CA

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Thornton, San Joaquin, CA

Clovis, Fresno, CA

Bloomington, San Bernardino, CA

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Emerald Hills (Redwood City), San Mateo, CA

California Valley, San Luis Obispo, CA

Agua Dulce, Los Angeles, CA

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Point Mugu, Ventura, CA

Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino, CA

Fort Ord (Marina), Monterey, CA

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Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

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Isleton, Sacramento, CA

Maywood, Los Angeles, CA

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Tahoe Vista, Placer, CA

El Centro, Imperial, CA

Hyampom, Trinity, CA

Badger, Tulare, CA

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Ruby Valley, Humboldt, CA

El Toro (Lake Forest), Orange, CA

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Alberhill (Lake Elsinore), Riverside, CA

Yosemite Lodge, Mariposa, CA

Capistrano Beach (Dana Point), Orange, CA

Otay (Chula Vista), San Diego, CA

Commerce, Los Angeles, CA

Bay Point (formally West Pittsburg), Contra Costa, CA

North Fork, Madera, CA

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Coalinga, Fresno, CA

Lake Mary, Mono, CA

East Lynwood (Lynwood), Los Angeles, CA

Ludlow, San Bernardino, CA

Groveland, Tuolumne, CA

Oregon House, Yuba, CA

Coyote, Santa Clara, CA

Fairmount, Contra Costa, CA

Sutter, Sutter, CA

Clements, San Joaquin, CA

Guatay, San Diego, CA

Marina, Monterey, CA

Freestone, Sonoma, CA

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Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, CA

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Fallen Leaf, El Dorado, CA

Bowman, Placer, CA

Silver Lake, Amador, CA

Highway City (Fresno), Fresno, CA

Brea, Orange, CA

Covina, Los Angeles, CA

Dillon Beach, Marin, CA

Annapolis, Sonoma, CA

San Gregorio, San Mateo, CA

Tulelake, Siskiyou, CA

Lake Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Bell, Los Angeles, CA

South El Monte, Los Angeles, CA

Likely, Modoc, CA

Valley Center, San Diego, CA

Permanente, Santa Clara, CA

Williams, Colusa, CA

Palm City, Riverside, CA

Dunlap, Fresno, CA

Rio Vista, Solano, CA

Red Top, Madera, CA

Orosi, Tulare, CA

Ducor, Tulare, CA

Mendocino, Mendocino, CA

Norden, Nevada, CA

Coarsegold, Madera, CA

Naval Supply Center (Oakland), Alameda, CA

Mira Vista, Contra Costa, CA

Red Bluff, Tehama, CA

Wheatland, Yuba, CA

Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA

Livermore, Alameda, CA

Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

Blue Lake, Humboldt, CA

Arcadia, Los Angeles, CA

Fort Seward, Humboldt, CA

Portola, Plumas, CA

Carlotta, Humboldt, CA

Dixon, Solano, CA

Calabasas Park, Los Angeles, CA

Saticoy, Ventura, CA

Sausalito, Marin, CA

Gaviota, Santa Barbara, CA

Patton, San Bernardino, CA

South Laguna (Laguna Beach), Orange, CA

Mojave, Kern, CA

Blocksburg, Humboldt, CA

Nicasio, Marin, CA

Rancho Dominguez, Los Angeles, CA

Bodega, Sonoma, CA

Opal Cliffs, Santa Cruz, CA

Soulsbyville, Tuolumne, CA

Maxwell, Colusa, CA

Huntington Lake, Fresno, CA

Thornton, San Joaquin, CA

Clovis, Fresno, CA

Bloomington, San Bernardino, CA

Duncans Mills, Sonoma, CA

Shore Acres, Contra Costa, CA

Emerald Hills (Redwood City), San Mateo, CA

California Valley, San Luis Obispo, CA

Agua Dulce, Los Angeles, CA

Whitmore, Shasta, CA

Point Mugu, Ventura, CA

Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino, CA

Fort Ord (Marina), Monterey, CA

San Diego, San Diego, CA

Keddie, Plumas, CA

Johannesburg, Kern, CA

Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

Gasquet, Del Norte, CA

Gillman Hot Springs, Riverside, CA

Petaluma, Sonoma, CA

Isleton, Sacramento, CA

Maywood, Los Angeles, CA

Mount Hebron, Siskiyou, CA

Tarzana (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA

Ceres, Stanislaus, CA

Willows, Glenn, CA

East San Pedro (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA

Liberty Farms, Solano, CA

Tahoe Vista, Placer, CA

El Centro, Imperial, CA

Hyampom, Trinity, CA

Badger, Tulare, CA

L.A. Airport (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA

Fowler, Fresno, CA

Ruby Valley, Humboldt, CA

El Toro (Lake Forest), Orange, CA

Argus, San Bernardino, CA

Hercules, Contra Costa, CA

Alberhill (Lake Elsinore), Riverside, CA

Yosemite Lodge, Mariposa, CA

Capistrano Beach (Dana Point), Orange, CA

Otay (Chula Vista), San Diego, CA

Commerce, Los Angeles, CA

Bay Point (formally West Pittsburg), Contra Costa, CA

North Fork, Madera, CA

San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA

Coalinga, Fresno, CA

Lake Mary, Mono, CA

East Lynwood (Lynwood), Los Angeles, CA

Ludlow, San Bernardino, CA

Groveland, Tuolumne, CA

Oregon House, Yuba, CA

Coyote, Santa Clara, CA

Fairmount, Contra Costa, CA

Sutter, Sutter, CA

Clements, San Joaquin, CA

Guatay, San Diego, CA

Marina, Monterey, CA

Freestone, Sonoma, CA

Bryte (West Sacramento), Yolo, CA

Alameda, Alameda, CA

Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Valley Village, Los Angeles, CA

Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, CA

Greenfield, Monterey, CA

Van Nuys (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA

Tupman, Kern, CA

Fallen Leaf, El Dorado, CA

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