Las Vegas Sales Tax Rate For Visitors & Locals [2020]

Couple shopping and paying Las Vegas sales tax

Forty-five out of fifty states in the U.S. charge sales tax and Nevada is no exception. So whether you’re a visitor or a local resident, sales tax will be added to many of your purchases made within Clark County in which Las Vegas resides, with a few exceptions.

So what is the Las Vegas sales tax rate? The combined sales tax rate in Las Vegas (Clark County) is 8.375% on purchases of most tangible retail products. The break down is as follows:

Taxing AuthorityTax Rate
Nevada State4.6%
Clark County3.775%
Las Vegas0%
Combined Sales Tax in Las Vegas8.375%
Combined Sales Tax Rate for Purchases in Las Vegas

You can see from the table above that the sales tax in Las Vegas is a combination of Nevada state sales tax and Clark County’s sales tax. Las Vegas itself does not have its own sales tax rate.

(This sales tax rate went into effect on January 1, 2020. You can download the Nevada Department of Taxation rate sheet for Clark County here).

What Las Vegas, Nevada Charges Sales Tax On

Sales taxes in Las Vegas are charged on most any physical retail item including but not limited to:

  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Souvenirs
  • Shoes
  • Handbags
  • Food and Drink (restaurants & bars)
  • Liqour (wine, beer, and spirits from stores)

Basically, anything you buy at a store, mall, restaurant or outlet shopping center. In the case of alcohol, the normal Nevada and Clark County sales taxes apply plus there are state and federal excise taxes which are usually paid by the consumer in the form of merchandise higher prices.

Las Vegas Sales Tax Increase in 2020 (source)

What Items Are Exempt From Sales Tax in Las Vegas, Nevada

As with most places, there are some items that are generally exempt from sales tax in Las Vegas. They include:

  • Groceries and Unprepared Food
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical Devices
  • Services

Do Foreigners Pay Sales Tax in Las Vegas?

Yes, foreigners are charged the same sales tax rate in Las Vegas as everyone else. The United States does not have a national sales tax and therefore Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds or exemptions don’t apply. So as a foreign visitor to Las Vegas you must be prepared to pay sales tax.

One dollar bill on table

Visiting From a U.S. State Without Sales Tax

There are five states in the U.S. that don’t charge sales taxes. They include Oregon, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Delaware. Sometimes the question is asked if you come from one of these states and show your ID will you still have to pay sales tax in Las Vegas? The answer is yes. Visitors from U.S. states without sales tax must still pay sales taxes in Nevada.

Las Vegas Sales Tax Final Thoughts

For most people, sales taxes in the United States are a part of life and Las Vegas, Nevada is no different. When budgeting for a trip to Las Vegas it’s important to take sales taxes into account by remembering that the Las Vegas sales tax rate of 8.375% will be added to the majority of your purchases.

If you’d like some help budgeting for your Vegas trip, be sure to take a look at our article here to find out “How Much Money You Should Take to Las Vegas

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