Georgia Sales Tax Distributions
Sales taxes are not only an important revenue source for most governments, but also serve as an indicator of economic vitality. While states collect their sales taxes directly, the administrative burden of collection leads counties to rely upon the state to collect their sales taxes as well, which the state then remits to the county.
The Georgia Department of Revenue makes the record of these distributions available on a monthly basis, divided into commodity categories. This information allows almost-real-time (i.e., the distributions reflect sales made one month prior) tracking of the level of sales taxes distributed, and therefore the level of sales activity, at a granular scale for both time and type of activity.
The data tool below invites users to explore the year-over-year changes in sales tax distributions by commodity from January 2016 through the most recently released month at the county, regional, or state level.