Sales Tax

Tax Exemption Certificate

If you are a vendor and need a copy of the City’s Sales Tax Exemption Certificate, please review the Sales Tax Exemption (PDF).

Retailer's Sales & Use Tax

Effective July 1, 2015, the city-wide retailer’s sales and use tax on goods and services purchased in the City of Baldwin City is 8.75% This sales tax breaks down as follows:

  • 0.25% City of Baldwin City, general Quality of Life capital improvements sales tax approved by voters on November 3, 2009 and effective April 1, 2010. The proceeds of this sales tax fund general “Quality of Life” improvements in the City, such as library, parks and recreation facility improvements. Proceeds may also be used for the payment of principal and interest on bonds issued to finance such improvements.
  • 0.5% City of Baldwin City, general infrastructure and capital improvements sales tax approved by voters on November 3, 2009 and effective April 1, 2010. The proceeds of this sales tax fund general public infrastructure improvements in the City, such as streets, bridges, storm drainage, equipment purchases and public facility improvements. Proceeds may also be used for payment of principal and interest on bonds issued to finance such improvements.
  • 0.5% City of Baldwin City, general operations sales tax approved by voters on April 2, 1991. This sales tax became effective July 1, 1991. The proceeds of this sales tax are used as revenue for the city’s General Fund and support the operation of General Fund departments such as streets, police, and fire.
  • 1.0% Douglas County’s county-wide sales tax.
  • 6.50% State of Kansas state-wide sales tax (new rate effective July 1, 2015.)

Transient Guest Tax

In addition to the 8.75 % sales tax, the City of Baldwin City also levied a 5.7% Transient Guest Tax on the sale of hotel rooms or similar sleeping accommodations within the City. The Transient Guest Tax became effective July 1, 2008 and the proceeds are used for promotion efforts to attract guests to the City.