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

What is the lowest and highest sales tax in Michigan?

In the map of Michigan is pictured below there are a total of 83 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.

Alcona Alger Allegan Alpena Antrim Arenac Baraga Barry Bay Benzie Berrien Branch Calhoun Cass Charlevoix Cheboygan Chippewa Clare Clinton Crawford Delta Dickinson Eaton Emmet Genesee Gladwin Gogebic GrandTraverse Gratiot Hillsdale Houghton Huron Ingham Ionia Iosco Iron Isabella Jackson Kalamazoo Kalkaska Kent Keweenaw Lake Lapeer Leelanau Lenawee Livingston Luce Mackinac Macomb Manistee Marquette Mason Mecosta Menominee Midland Missaukee Monroe Montcalm Montmorency Muskegon Newaygo Oakland Oceana Ogemaw Ontonagon Osceola Oscoda Otsego Ottawa Presque Isle Roscommon Saginaw St.Clair St.Joseph Sanilac Schoolcraft Shiawassee Tuscola Van Buren Washtenaw Wayne Wexford
The state sales tax for businesses and so forth is a standard rate of 6% 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 Michigan is 6%,
  • In all County and cities the sales tax rates is equal and this equates to 6% 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 Michigan.

    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 $800 and see what the ranges could be from the city with the highest population.

    In Detroit, MI with the sales tax of 6% would mean that your $800 purchase would incur a $48 sales tax, taking the total amount to $848.

    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
    Detroit 6.00% 48201, 48202, 48204, 48205, 48206, 48207, 48208, 48209, 48210, 48211, 48213, 48214, 48215, 48216, 48217, 48219, 48221, 48222, 48223, 48224, 48226, 48227, 48228, 48231, 48232, 48233, 48234, 48235, 48238, 48243, 48244, 48288 425780
    Grand Rapids 6.00% 49501, 49502, 49503, 49504, 49505, 49506, 49507, 49510, 49514, 49516, 49560 124102
    Sterling Heights 6.00% 48310, 48311, 48312, 48313, 48314 110549
    Kalamazoo 6.00% 49001, 49003, 49004, 49005, 49006, 49007, 49008, 49009, 49019, 49048 110511
    Warren 6.00% 48088, 48089, 48090, 48091, 48092, 48093 108770
    Saginaw 6.00% 48601, 48602, 48603, 48604, 48605, 48606, 48607, 48608, 48609, 48638, 48663 101178
    Flint 6.00% 48501, 48502, 48503, 48504, 48505, 48506, 48507, 48550, 48551, 48555, 48556, 48557 97268
    Lansing 6.00% 48901, 48906, 48909, 48910, 48911, 48912, 48913, 48915, 48916, 48918, 48919, 48922, 48924, 48929, 48930, 48933, 48937, 48951, 48956, 48980 96869
    Ann Arbor 6.00% 48103, 48104, 48105, 48106, 48107, 48109, 48113 91025
    Livonia 6.00% 48150, 48151, 48152, 48153, 48154 87540
    Clinton Township 6.00% 48035, 48036, 48038 81333
    Dearborn 6.00% 48120, 48121, 48123, 48124, 48126, 48128 78590
    Muskegon 6.00% 49440, 49441, 49442, 49443, 49445 77286
    Farmington 6.00% 48331, 48333, 48334, 48335, 48336 77207
    Canton 6.00% 48187, 48188 76668
    Jackson 6.00% 49201, 49202, 49203, 49204 75572
    Troy 6.00% 48007, 48083, 48084, 48085, 48098, 48099 74309
    Ypsilanti 6.00% 48197, 48198 72094
    Macomb 6.00% 48042, 48044 68349
    Utica 6.00% 48315, 48316, 48317 68179
    Westland 6.00% 48185, 48186 67615
    Southfield 6.00% 48033, 48034, 48037, 48075, 48076 61867
    Waterford 6.00% 48327, 48328, 48329 59759
    Traverse City 6.00% 49684, 49686 59596
    Rochester 6.00% 48307, 48309 59450
    West Bloomfield 6.00% 48322, 48323, 48324, 48325 58612
    Bay City 6.00% 48706, 48707, 48708 55834
    Battle Creek 6.00% 49015, 49016, 49017, 49037 54954
    Midland 6.00% 48640, 48641, 48642, 48667, 48670, 48674 54652
    Saint Clair Shores 6.00% 48080, 48081, 48082 52546
    Taylor 6.00% 48180 50527
    Royal Oak 6.00% 48067, 48068, 48073 48842
    Dearborn Heights 6.00% 48125, 48127 46838
    New Baltimore 6.00% 48047, 48051 46748
    Monroe 6.00% 48161, 48162 45194
    Redford 6.00% 48239, 48240 43614
    Wyoming 6.00% 49509, 49519 43598
    Novi 6.00% 48374, 48375, 48376, 48377 43435
    Bloomfield Hills 6.00% 48301, 48302, 48303, 48304 42243
    Portage 6.00% 49002, 49024, 49081 40899
    Clarkston 6.00% 48346, 48347, 48348 40343
    Northville 6.00% 48167, 48168 39281
    Pontiac 6.00% 48340, 48341, 48342, 48343 38468
    Roseville 6.00% 48066 38390
    Trenton 6.00% 48183 36859
    Howell 6.00% 48843, 48844 36637
    Plymouth 6.00% 48170 36466
    Holland 6.00% 49422, 49423 35965
    Belleville 6.00% 48111, 48112 34719
    Fenton 6.00% 48430 31424

    Why do I need to collect sales tax in Michigan?

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