The state of New Jersey’s sales tax rate was reduced effective January 1, 2017. The sales tax rate was reduced from 7% to 6.85% and will be reduced again as of January 1, 2018 to a 6.625% rate. New Jersey applies sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. There are no additional local sales taxes in the state of New Jersey. More information is provided below about reduced sales tax rates and major New Jersey sales tax exemptions.
In Salem County, the sales tax rate is 3.5% and the 7% state sales tax rate does not apply. This 3.5% Salem County rate only applies to retail sales of tangible personal property made in person at a place of business located within Salem County.
Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in New Jersey if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of New Jersey on or before February 20th.