# Sandy Savings: A Guide to How to Calculate Sales Tax on Your Beach Vacation

Aloha, beachcombers and sun worshippers!

Today's journey doesn't take us into the waves or under the palms but into the beachfront shops and restaurants. You're on vacation, yes, but don't forget about sales tax! Here's a guide to help you understand and calculate sales tax on your beachy purchases.

## 1. Surf’s Up: Understanding Sales Tax

Before you hit the surf shop, let’s get familiar with the term:

**Sales Tax:**This is a tax imposed by the government on the sale of goods and services. It’s typically a percentage added to the seller’s price.

## 2. Beach Shopping: How to Calculate Sales Tax

Grab your sunscreen and wallet – let’s go beach shopping!

### Beach Guide: Calculating Sales Tax

#### Step 1: Identify the Purchase Price

First, identify the purchase price of the item. This will be the listed price before tax.

#### Step 2: Know the Sales Tax Rate

Find out the sales tax rate for the location where you’re shopping. This is typically listed as a percentage.

#### Step 3: Calculate the Sales Tax

Finally, calculate the sales tax by multiplying the purchase price by the sales tax rate.

For instance, if you’re buying a beach hat for \($20\) and the sales tax rate is \(6\)\(\%\), how much is the sales tax?

**Identify the Purchase Price:**The beach hat costs \($20\).**Know the Sales Tax Rate:**The sales tax rate is \(6\)\(\%\), or \(0.06\) as a decimal.**Calculate the Sales Tax:**Multiply the purchase price by the sales tax rate: \($20\times 0.06 = $1.20\).

And there you have it, sun-seekers! You’ve now mastered the art of calculating sales tax. Whether you’re buying a pineapple drink or a postcard, don’t forget to factor in the sales tax! Until our next beach day, enjoy the sun and the surf!

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