Tool | August 2016

State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules -- on income, ordinary purchases, gas, "sin" products, property, and more -- across the U.S.


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Idaho's top tax rate of 7.4% kicks in at a fairly low bracket ($21,436 for married joint filers). On the other hand, property taxes are low and the Gem State does not have an inheritance tax or estate tax.

Sales Tax

6% (prescription drugs are exempt). Some resort localities can add a tax of up to 3%.

Income Tax Range

Low: 1.6% (on taxable income up to $2,858 for married joint filers and up to $1,429 for individual filers)

High: 7.4% (on taxable income of $21,436 or more for married joint filers and $10,718 or more for individual filers)

See’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how Idaho taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.32 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.32 per gallon.

Property Taxes

A homeowner's primary residence is eligible for an exemption of 50% of the assessed value of the home, up to a maximum of $89,580 for 2015. Median property tax on Idaho's median home value of $159,000 is $1,188, according to the Tax Foundation.

See’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in Idaho.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.57 per pack
Other tobacco products: taxed at 40% of wholesale sales price

Beer: $0.15 per gallon
Wine (and beer over 4% alcohol): $0.45 cents per gallon
Liquor: $10.90 per gallon
Idaho directly controls the distribution and sale of alcohol. Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

Travel Taxes

Lodging (including campgrounds and vacation homes): 2%. Some cities have additional taxes up to 5%. Sales tax is also due.

Rental cars: Only sales tax is due.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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