Factoring the Tax

Collection of Tax
You may choose to charge the tax separately on each sale, or include transaction privilege tax in your price. If you over charge any tax to your customers, you must remit the excess tax to the city.

If you include tax in your price, you can use factoring to "back into" the tax included in your gross sales.

For example, if you make a sale for $100, tax included, and the tax is 8.05% (the combined City, State, and County tax rate), your tax calculation is:

Price excluding Transaction Privilege Tax $100/1.0805 = $ 92.55
Mesa City Tax $92.55 x .0175  = $   1. 62
State & County Tax $92.55 x .063 * = $   5.83
Total City, State & County Tax Deduction       $   7.45
* For some categories of tax, the state and county tax rates may differ from the 6.3% rate used above. The computation must be adjusted accordingly. 

Construction Contracting
If you have income from construction contracting, the computation of the factored tax is different.  This is due to the standard 35% deduction that is allowed against construction contracting income.  Also a land deduction is allowed for state and county purposes but not for city purposes. 

Factors to apply to Gross Income (GI) and Land (L):

1. No sale of land is included in the gross income:
    Total Transaction Privilege Tax = (.04972323 X GI)
2. The gross income includes the sale of land:
    Total Transaction Privilege Tax = (.04972323 X GI) - (.03891383 X L)
3. The sale involves only the sale of land:
    Total Transaction Privilege Tax = (.01124706 X GI)


Office Locations:
Licensing Office
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ  85201
Phone: 480-644-2316
FAX: 480-644-3999

Tax Audit & Collections
20 E. Main St, Suite 450
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 480-644-3816
FAX: 480-644-2687

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Tax & Licensing Office
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, Arizona 85211-1466


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