Tool | October 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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Map of Maine

Least Tax-Friendly

Maine has been working to lower its income taxes; the top rate fell from 7.95% to 7.15% for 2016. However, the low rate of 5.8%, on taxable income less than $21,050 for single filers) is higher than some other state's maximum rate. The state tries to make up for that by offering an exceptionally large standard deduction, but the Pine Tree State remains one of Kiplinger's top ten least tax-friendly states.

Sales Tax

State levy of 5.5%. No local taxes. At the start of 2016, Maine made a wide range of groceries — generally those that reflect a greater degree of preparation — taxable.

Income Tax Range

Low:5.8% (on taxable income less than $21,050 for single filers; less than $42,100 for joint filers)

High: 7.15% (on taxable income of $37,500 or more for single filers; $75,000 or more for joint filers)

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.30 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.31 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Maine's median home value of $174,800 is $2,335.

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

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due. An annual excise tax is also levied. The rate depends on a car’s age and value (set by the original MSRP, or window sticker price). Example: The owner of a three-year-old car with an MSRP of $19,500 would pay an excise tax of $263.25.

Sin Taxes

Beer: $0.35 per gallon
Wine: $0.60 per gallon
Liquor: $5.82 per gallon
Maine 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.

Cigarettes: $2.00 per pack
Snuff: $2.02 per ounce
Other tobacco products: 20% of wholesale price

Travel Taxes

Hotel: Statewide lodging tax of 8% levied in lieu of sales tax. Localities cannot add to this.

Rental cars: 10% state tax in lieu of sales tax.

Taxes On Wireless Service


Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Maine has no inheritance tax. It does have an estate tax, with the exemption matched to federal thresholds ($5.45 million in 2016). Estate tax rates range from 8% to 12%.

Oddball Tax

Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes blueberries is taxed at a rate of $0.015 per pound of berries.

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