Last year more states, counties and cities lowered their sales tax rates than in 2010, and the number of sales tax changes also went down, according to a pair of new reports.

The annual ONESOURCE Indirect Tax rate report from Thomson Reuters found 107 state, county and city sales taxes were lowered, compared with 68 in 2010. In addition, 236 new sales taxes were levied, down from 305 in 2010. The Thomson Reuters report also indicated that 419 sales taxes increased, compared with 375 in 2010. The average state sales tax was 5.48 percent in 2011, down from 5.55 percent in 2010.

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