On this page we are describing the sales taxes in the State of Delaware, we aim to educate you on the differences that occur throughout the state so you get a better understanding of it in regards to whether you may have:

  • Have taken a Delaware job in the are
  • Applied for a Delaware school
  • Opened a Delaware bank account in the state of Delaware
  • People who may be unable to find their Social Security Card or have lost it.

What is the lowest and highest sales tax in Delaware?

In the map of Delaware is pictured below there are a total of 3 counties that are within the state. You can go directly to the page and see which area has the highest and lowest sales tax in your county of choice.

Kent New Castle Sussex
The state sales tax for businesses and so forth is a standard rate of 0% which allows the local government to be able to collect up to another 0% on top of this:

  • the average sales tax for the entirety of Delaware is 0%,
  • In all County and cities the sales tax rates is equal and this equates to 0% sales tax,
  • This is a brief overview, and we suggest that you go directly to the page if you wish to get a clearer image of the different ranges of sale tax in a particular county. Please note that the ones that have an asterisk means they are below the usual county level of sales tax.

    How to calculate your own sales tax in the state of Delaware.

    So, what does this mean for you, if you are looking into how much sales tax you are going to charged dependant on what sort of county you are residing or working out of. You can go ahead and use a sales tax calculator which will give you a section that is exampled below.

     

    $
    -or- Specify Sales Tax Rate
    -or- Specify ZIP Code
    %

     

    You do need to know the purchase ZIP code and purchase amount in order to get an accurate figure. For an example we will use the amount of $600 and see what the ranges could be from the city with the highest population.

    In Wilmington, DE with the sales tax of 0% would mean that your $600 purchase would incur a $0 sales tax, taking the total amount to $600.

    The sales tax calculator makes it as easy as it can be to find out what sort of sales tax you will be charged by simply adding the amount and the ZIP code. Though there might be some purchases that are exempt from sales taxes or have some special leniency which do need to be taken into consideration.

    City Sales Tax Rate Zip-code Population
    Wilmington 0.00% 19801, 19802, 19805, 19806, 19884, 19890, 19894, 19895, 19896, 19898, 19899 64826
    New Castle 0.00% 19720, 19721 47355
    Newark 0.00% 19711, 19714, 19715, 19716, 19717, 19725, 19726 38766
    Bear 0.00% 19701 34541
    Middletown 0.00% 19709 29310
    Dover 0.00% 19903, 19904, 19906 26715
    Seaford 0.00% 19973 19117
    Millsboro 0.00% 19966 18512
    Smyrna 0.00% 19977 16165
    Lewes 0.00% 19958 15994
    Hockessin 0.00% 19707 15507
    Milford 0.00% 19963 14990
    Georgetown 0.00% 19947 12253
    Laurel 0.00% 19956 12111
    Claymont 0.00% 19703 11662
    Camden Wyoming 0.00% 19934 10884
    Rehoboth Beach 0.00% 19971 9925
    Felton 0.00% 19943 9612
    Townsend 0.00% 19734 8648
    Harrington 0.00% 19952 8258
    Milton 0.00% 19968 8225
    Magnolia 0.00% 19962 8138
    Clayton 0.00% 19938 6886
    Bridgeville 0.00% 19933 6704
    Selbyville 0.00% 19975 6459
    Frankford 0.00% 19945 5338
    Greenwood 0.00% 19950 5315
    Ocean View 0.00% 19970 5126
    Dagsboro 0.00% 19939 5123
    Lincoln 0.00% 19960 4918
    Delmar 0.00% 19940 4493
    Hartly 0.00% 19953 3609
    Frederica 0.00% 19946 3517
    Bethany Beach 0.00% 19930 2321
    Ellendale 0.00% 19941 1916
    Delaware City 0.00% 19706 1603
    Harbeson 0.00% 19951 1447
    Houston 0.00% 19954 1320
    Marydel 0.00% 19964 1082
    Viola 0.00% 19979 646
    Odessa 0.00% 19730 565
    Fenwick Island 0.00% 19944 441
    Dover Afb 0.00% 19902 342
    Cheswold 0.00% 19936
    Kenton 0.00% 19955
    Little Creek 0.00% 19961
    Woodside 0.00% 19980
    Kirkwood 0.00% 19708
    Montchanin 0.00% 19710
    Port Penn 0.00% 19731

    Why do I need to collect sales tax in Delaware?

    You will need to collect sales tax if you have any sort of nexus there, and what this means is that if you have assets that are physical or economic then you need to do this.

    Physical meaning having a tangible activity or some sort of presence in any of the states of Delaware, economic nexus is simply passing the states’ economic threshold for total revenue, or the maximum number of transactions that can occur in the period of time within the state.

    Two easy ways to see if you have either a physical or economic nexus in any of the counties is the following:
    Physical:

    • Tangible personal property
    • Business assets or property
    • Own, renting properties
    • Made more than $500,000 in a service or content delivery in the state

    Economic:

    • Made more than $100,000 in sales annually
    • More than 200 transactions in the last calendar year

    How do I get a sales tax permit?

    The main way to go about this is to register online at the Delaware Business Gateway. Follow the steps that are presented to you and ensure that you have the following to hand to use as information:

    • Business identification information
    • Business entity
    • Location/s that you will be conducting this from
    • Date you will start collecting Delaware sales tax from a business/property
    • NAICS Code (North American Industry Classification System.)

    What is the best way to file sales taxes?

    Before you think of doing anything else there are three things that we recommend that you do in order to make this process as easy and smooth as possible.

    First of all, find out how much tax you owe (remember the sales tax calculator we mentioned before) so that you know how much you need to pay the state at the end. Second is get onto the Delaware Department Of Taxation ready to submit them, and third have the money ready so you can make the payment straight away.

    There are two main options as well to filing and paying your Delaware sales tax, these are:

    • Filing online. This is where merchants are required to file all of their sales taxes through the department of taxation in the state of Delaware, you can also pay your taxes on this platform, so it is one to keep close to you for future reference.
    • Filing by mail. Simply fill out the form UST-1, but this is not the recommended way of filing your taxes due to the possibilities of them getting lost in the post and then it could mean that you are subject to late fees if they are not filed within the allotted time.

    We hope this document was able to allow you to feel more confident when it comes to sales tax in the state of Delaware depending on where you operate out of.