On this page we are describing the sales taxes in the State of Maine, 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 Maine job in the are
  • Applied for a Maine school
  • Opened a Maine bank account in the state of Maine
  • People who may be unable to find their Social Security Card or have lost it.

What is the lowest and highest sales tax in Maine?

In the map of Maine is pictured below there are a total of 16 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.

Androscoggin Aroostook Cumberland Franklin Hancock Kennebec Knox Lincoln Oxford Penobscot Piscataquis Sagadahoc Somerset Waldo Washington York
The state sales tax for businesses and so forth is a standard rate of 5.5% 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 Maine is 5.5%,
  • In all County and cities the sales tax rates is equal and this equates to 5.5% 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 Maine.

    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.

     

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    -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 $700 and see what the ranges could be from the city with the highest population.

    In Portland, ME with the sales tax of 5.5% would mean that your $700 purchase would incur a $38.5 sales tax, taking the total amount to $738.5.

    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
    Portland 5.50% 4101, 4102, 4103, 4104, 4109, 4112, 4122, 4123, 4124 49962
    Bangor 5.50% 4401, 4402 33564
    Lewiston 5.50% 4240, 4241, 4243 25397
    South Portland 5.50% 4106, 4116 20593
    Augusta 5.50% 4330, 4332, 4333, 4336, 4338 20372
    Waterville 5.50% 4901, 4903 19124
    Auburn 5.50% 4210, 4211, 4212 18154
    Biddeford 5.50% 4005 17466
    Scarborough 5.50% 4070, 4074 17060
    Brunswick 5.50% 4011 16573
    Saco 5.50% 4072 15839
    Windham 5.50% 4062 14364
    Westbrook 5.50% 4092, 4098 14157
    Gorham 5.50% 4038 13280
    Sanford 5.50% 4073 13098
    Ellsworth 5.50% 4605 10831
    Falmouth 5.50% 4105 9991
    Gardiner 5.50% 4345 9500
    Kennebunk 5.50% 4043 9435
    Bath 5.50% 4530 9208
    Cape Elizabeth 5.50% 4107 8393
    Brewer 5.50% 4412 8103
    Wells 5.50% 4090 8068
    Topsham 5.50% 4086 8014
    York 5.50% 3909 7886
    Caribou 5.50% 4736 7868
    Hampden 5.50% 4444 7780
    Presque Isle 5.50% 4769 7779
    Houlton 5.50% 4730 7648
    Yarmouth 5.50% 4096 7622
    Skowhegan 5.50% 4976 7550
    Belfast 5.50% 4915 6997
    Old Orchard Beach 5.50% 4064 6985
    Old Town 5.50% 4468 6739
    Buxton 5.50% 4093 6701
    Gray 5.50% 4039 6622
    Standish 5.50% 4084 6504
    Freeport 5.50% 4032, 4033, 4034 6497
    Kennebunkport 5.50% 4046 6397
    Kittery 5.50% 3904 6326
    South Berwick 5.50% 3908 6298
    Berwick 5.50% 3901 6250
    Alfred 5.50% 4002 6087
    Oakland 5.50% 4963 6062
    Rockland 5.50% 4841 5832
    Farmington 5.50% 4938 5726
    Eliot 5.50% 3903 5703
    Sabattus 5.50% 4280 5668
    Cumberland Center 5.50% 4021 5630
    Fairfield 5.50% 4937 5223

    Why do I need to collect sales tax in Maine?

    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 Maine, 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 Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine, 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 Maine depending on where you operate out of.