Nine cities within Riverside County have a sales and use tax rate of 8.75 percent: Cathedral City, Coachella, Hemet, Indio, La Quinta, Menifee, Palm Springs, Riverside, and Temecula. Every other city in Riverside County, and every unincorporated area of the county, has a sales and use tax rate of 7.75 percent.
Six of the nine cities – including the City of Hemet – saw their rates change on April 1, 2017, due to voter-approved, one-percent sales tax increases. Riverside County’s rate, however, did not change. Businesses should collect the sales tax based upon the address where they are making taxable sales.
To find the correct tax rate for your area or business location, visit www.boe.ca.gov, click the Find a Sales Tax Rate by Address button located under the Log-in button, and enter the address as prompted. You are encouraged to use this sales tax rate lookup tool since, in some instances, the city you use for your mailing address may differ from your actual location.
“It is important that taxpayers in Riverside County are aware of the correct tax rates,” said BOE Chairwoman Diane Harkey, who represents the Equalization District that includes all of Riverside County. “Timely and accurate information on tax rates is important to avoid under collection for businesses, which can lead to an unanticipated tax liability. Knowing the correct rate also protects consumers so they are not overcharged when shopping.”
If a consumer is charged the wrong sales tax rate at a business, they should return to that business and ask for a refund of the amount they were overcharged. Businesses that have collected too much tax are required to return it to their customers or pay it to the state. They cannot keep excess sales tax that they have collected.
For more information on city and county tax rates, go to www.boe.ca.gov, look under the Popular Topics category, and select the link All Sales and Use Tax Rates. You can also call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY:711). Customer service representatives are available to assist you weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time), except state holidays.