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Here's one example from Canada: In my home province of Ontario, the "Harmonized" Sales Tax (HST) of 13% is charged on most goods and services. HST is made up of a federal portion of 5% (a.k.a. the Goods and Service Tax, GST), plus a provincial portion of 8% (a.k.a. the Provincial Sales Tax, PST). However, for restaurant transactions totaling under $...


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Tennessee apparently uses a tiered tax rate for sales tax called the Single Article Tax. I don't think it's quite to the extreme as you describe in the original question, with multiple tiers, but I believe it's what you're referencing. The 7% state tax applies to the entire purchase price of the item or grouping of items. However, the local tax rate applies ...


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The only place I see tiered rates in the US is when some jurisdictions have sales tax holidays where if you buy items of a type that are under a threshold, then there is no sales tax due. This frequently happens in late summer for back to school items. But they can also be linked to appliances, or emergency equipment. New shoes under $100 are tax free for ...


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