Oklahoma Use Tax

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What is the Oklahoma Use Tax and How Do I Calculate It?

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Oklahoma Use Tax
Every state with a sales tax has a companion tax for purchases made outside the state. In Oklahoma, that tax is called "use tax". If you have purchased items for use in Oklahoma from retailers who do not collect Oklahoma sales tax whether by mail order, catalog, television shopping networks, radio, Internet, phone or in person, you owe Oklahoma use tax on those items. Use tax is paid by the buyer when the Oklahoma sales tax has not been collected by the seller. Individuals in Oklahoma are responsible for paying use tax on their out-of-state purchases.
Examples of items that are subject to sales tax include books, compact discs, computer equipment, computer software, electronics, clothing, appliances, furniture and other home furnishings, sporting goods and jewelry. When an out-of-state retailer does not collect Oklahoma sales tax, the responsibility of paying the tax falls on the purchaser.
Use tax is calculated at the same rate as sales tax, which varies by city and county. The state sales tax rate is 4.5% (.045) plus the applicable city and/or county rates. If you do not know the exact amount of Oklahoma use tax you owe based on your city and county sales tax rate, you can either:
1. Use the tax table on page 11 or multiply your Adjusted Gross Income from line 1 by 0.056% (.00056), or
2. Use one of the worksheets below to calculate your Oklahoma use tax. Complete Worksheet One if you kept records of all of your out-of-state purchases. Complete Worksheet Two if you did not keep records of all of your out-of-state purchases.
Worksheet Two has two parts; the first part is a calculation of the amount due on items that cost less than $1,000 each and the second part is a calculation of the amount due on items that cost $1,000 or more each. The first calculation is based on a Use Tax Table that reflects the estimated amount of use tax due by taxpayers with varying amounts of Federal Adjusted Gross Income. The estimated amount is 0.056% (.00056) of Federal adjusted gross income. If you believe that estimate from the table is too high for your out-of-state purchases, you may estimate what you think you owe.
If you paid another state's sales or use tax on any purchase, that amount may be credited against the Oklahoma use tax due on that purchase.

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