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DEFINITION of 'Sales Tax'

A tax imposed by the government at the point of sale on retail goods and services. It is collected by the retailer and passed on to the state.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Sales Tax'

It is based on a percentage of the selling prices of the goods and services and set by the state.

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