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When You
Shop and Dine...

What Can
You Do?

How Your Sales Tax Dollars
Work For You

How is Sales Tax
Revenue Spent?

Where Does the
Sales Tax Go?

Why Choosing Irvine
First Matters!


When You Shop and Dine in Irvine, Your Dollars Stay in Irvine.

For every $100 in taxable sales in Irvine, one dollar goes directly to the City, supporting public safety, parks, streets and much more.  Every time you shop and dine in Irvine, you help preserve the outstanding quality of life here. 

Your Sales Tax Dollars at Work




What Can You Do?


Shop Irvine Guide
(click for a guide to local shops, restaurants and more) 

Shop Irvine Mobile Web
(This exciting new mobile service will be available soon)


Choose Irvine First
Consider making your larger taxable purchases such as appliances, furniture, and cars in Irvine.

Support Local Businesses
Discover a new local favorite shop or restaurant.


 How Your Sales Tax Dollars Work for You

Sales tax is the
largest revenue source
of the City’s budget

 About 34% of all City General Fund revenue comes from sales tax.  

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 The Good News –
the City of Irvine
is on track to
exceed our original
sales tax revenue
estimate of $46 million.



 How is Sales Tax Revenue Spent Within the City?


  Public Safety Services
(police, fire, emergency preparedness)


  Community Services
(recreation, parks, human services, environmental programs)


  Public Works
(public infrastructure, streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, i Shuttle)


  City Administration
(human resources, finance, IT and other internal operating functions)


  Community Development
(building and safety, City planning, code enforcement)



Where Does the Sales Tax Go?


 City where purchase is made (make it Irvine)


 State of California


 County where the purchase is made  



 Sales Tax
For every $100 taxable purchase in Irvine, $1 returns to the City to fund programs and services that benefit residents and businesses.


Why Choosing Irvine First Matters!


The City of Irvine is recognized as the Safest City in the United States seven years in a row.  41% of the City’s sales tax revenue supports public safety.


Businesses in Irvine create local employment and self-employment opportunities.

 Return Investment to Schools and Charities

Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events. Therefore, supporting local shops means a financial contribution to your community.

 Strong Economic Base

Businesses tend to spend locally for inventory and supplies, extending the benefit of that initial local dollar spent in Irvine.

 Environmental Sustainability

Local businesses often stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods that do not require long-distance transportation, helping to reduce our global footprint.

 Better Customer Service

Surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.

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  So...Choose Irvine First!

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