Arizona state sales tax (called a transaction privilege tax), which applies to all purchases except food in grocery stores, is 5.6%. Individual counties and municipalities, however, then add their own sales taxes, which add another few percentage points, making some Arizona cities' sales taxes among the highest in the country, including Tucson (8.7%) and Phoenix (8.3%). Sales taxes don’t apply on Native American reservations.

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