The state of Georgia allows individual counties to charge sales tax of up to 3 percent on individual transactions, according to the Georgia Department of Revenue. Some areas can also charge another 1 percent sales tax on transportation-related transactions. Added to the state sales tax rate of 4 percent, the maximum rate charged in any county cannot exceed 8 percent as of 2016.
The Georgia Department of Revenue publishes a list of the maximum sales tax rate by county each year on its website. County sales tax rates ranged from 6 to 8 percent as of Jan. 1, 2016. The City of Atlanta has special authority to charge an additional 1 percent sales tax within city limits.
Sales tax is charged on retail sales of personal property, transportation services, such as taxis and limousines, hotel accommodations, and tickets to sports and entertainment events. Georgia also imposes sales tax on any shipping charges associated with the purchase of a taxable item, reports the Department of Revenue. Sales tax exemptions are granted to non-profit and government organizations and for special approved purposes. In 2015, Georgia offered temporary "sales tax holidays" on specific dates for energy-efficient products and clothing for students returning to school.