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

What is the lowest and highest sales tax in West Virginia?

In the map of West Virginia that is pictured below there are a total of 56 countries 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.

Barbour Berkeley Boone Braxton Brooke Cabell Calhoun Clay Doddridge Fayette Gilmer Grant Greenbrier Hampshire Hancock Hardy Harrison Jackson Jefferson Kanawha Lewis Lincoln Logan Marion Marshall Mason McDowell Mercer Mineral Mingo Monongalia Monroe Morgan Nicholas Ohio Pendleton Pleasants Pocahontas Preston Putnam Raleigh Randolph Ritchie Roane Summers Taylor Tucker Tyler Upshur Wayne Webster Wetzel Wirt Wood Wyoming
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 1% on top of this:

  • the average sales tax for the entirety of West Virginia is 6.131%,
  • the highest is within the Berkeley, Cabell, Fayette, Hancock, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mercer, Monongalia, Ohio, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Wetzel and Wood County and this equates to 7% sales tax,
  • the lowest sales tax is in the Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Jackson, Lewis, Lincoln, Martin, Mason, Mcdowell, Mineral, Mingo, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Roane, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming County and the sales tax in these areas total to 6%

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 West Virginia.

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
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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 highest area to the lowest.

In Charleston, WV with the highest sales tax of 7% would mean that your $700 purchase would incur a $49 sales tax, taking the total amount to $749.

Whereas in Morgantown, WV the sales tax is only 6% and a $700 purchase would equate to $42 tax, taking the total to $742.

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
Charleston 7.00% 25301, 25302, 25304, 25305, 25311, 25314, 25317, 25321, 25322, 25323, 25324, 25325, 25326, 25327, 25328, 25329, 25330, 25331, 25332, 25333, 25334, 25335, 25336, 25337, 25338, 25339, 25361, 25362, 25364, 25387, 25389, 25392, 25396 41223
Wheeling 7.00% 26003 34338
Martinsburg 6.00% 25403, 25404, 25405 32919
Fairmont 7.00% 26554, 26555 31835
Morgantown 7.00% 26501, 26505, 26506, 26507 30462
Huntington 7.00% 25701, 25702, 25703, 25706, 25707, 25708, 25709, 25710, 25711, 25712, 25713, 25714, 25715, 25716, 25717, 25718, 25719, 25720, 25721, 25722, 25723, 25724, 25725, 25726, 25727, 25728, 25729, 25755, 25772, 25773, 25774, 25775, 25776, 25777, 25778, 25779 23034
Beckley 7.00% 25801, 25802 22832
Parkersburg 7.00% 26101, 26102, 26103, 26106 22040
Clarksburg 7.00% 26301, 26306 21971
Saint Albans 6.00% 25177 19627
Weirton 7.00% 26062 18324
Hurricane 6.00% 25526 18123
Bluefield 6.00% 24701 15203
Buckhannon 6.00% 26201 14223
Charles Town 6.00% 25414 13677
Moundsville 7.00% 26041 12774
Bridgeport 7.00% 26330 12642
Elkins 7.00% 26241 11523
Hedgesville 6.00% 25427 11492
Keyser 6.00% 26726 10474
Vienna 7.00% 26105 10329
Berkeley Springs 6.00% 25411 10129
Harpers Ferry 6.00% 25425 10035
Barboursville 6.00% 25504 9894
Elkview 6.00% 25071 8712
Inwood 6.00% 25428 8680
Grafton 7.00% 26354 8122
Oak Hill 6.00% 25901 7952
Weston 6.00% 26452 7915
Falling Waters 6.00% 25419 7866
Scott Depot 6.00% 25560 7601
Milton 6.00% 25541 7505
Dunbar 7.00% 25064 7497
Wellsburg 6.00% 26070 7221
Lewisburg 6.00% 24901 7139
Nitro 7.00% 25143 7120
Ripley 6.00% 25271 7112
New Martinsville 7.00% 26155 7052
Summersville 6.00% 26651 6954
Point Pleasant 6.00% 25550 6736
Kearneysville 6.00% 25430 6639
Chapmanville 6.00% 25508 6341
Ravenswood 6.00% 26164 6261
Bunker Hill 6.00% 25413 6154
Fayetteville 6.00% 25840 6065
Princeton 7.00% 24739 5831
Follansbee 6.00% 26037 5622
Spencer 6.00% 25276 5558
Washington 6.00% 26181 5489
Shepherdstown 6.00% 25443 5438

Why do I need to collect sales tax in West Virginia?

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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia depending on where you operate out of.