# How do you find sales tax?

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The explanation is provided for all is the following!

#### Explanation:

Lets start off with the definition. What even *is* sales tax?:

Sales tax is the "fee" we pay on something purchased. The amount of fee paid always depends on a percentage. An 8% sales tax means that for every 1$, (also 100¢) we spend an extra 8 cents.

Before I confuse you too much, I'll just give an example so you won't be like, *Whu? What is she talking about?*.

Example:

**Part 1**

A jacket costs $40 and your *state's sales tax* (it may vary for each state) is 8%. How much do you have to pay *along with your sales tax*? There are a few other methods, but in *this* explanation, I'm just gonna show you this one.

**Step 1**: Change 8% to a decimal.

*: You can do

**Step 2**: Multiply

So the tax will be

-----------------------------------**But WAIT!!!**----------------------------------------------

There's still Part 2 left! You just know the extra amount you are gonna have to pay *along* with the $40. Once Part 2 is over, we'll have our answer.

**Part 2**

We now have to add the cost of the jacket ($40) with the tax for us to get the *total* amount that is due.

I hope that helps!

My source: I used my brain along with this book! I recommend that book "series" to *every* student going into 6th grade (maybe 5th...)!

And make sure you check out Nathan C's answer in the comments below!

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Refer to the explanation.

#### Explanation:

Following the previous example of

Sales Tax

Add the sales tax to the original

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