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.

Ohio

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The Buckeye State’s income taxes are relatively modest, with the first $5,200 of taxable income just about tax-free and a top rate under 5%. But municipalities take a swipe at income, too, as do about a third of the state’s school districts.

Sales Tax

5.75% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.25%, and the average combined rate is 7.14%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 0.495% (on up to $5,200 of taxable income)

High: 4.997% (on taxable income over $208,500). Municipalities levy income taxes, too; rates are as high as 3.38% (Pulaski County).

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 0.28 per gallon.
Diesel: 0.28 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Ohio's median home value of $129,100 is $2,027.

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in Ohio.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due when vehicle title is transferred.

Sin Taxes

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $0.32 per gallon
Sparkling wine: $1.50 per gallon
Liquor: $9.84 per gallon
Ohio 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: $1.25 per pack
Pipe tobacco and cigars: 17% of the wholesale price
Little cigars: 37% of the wholesale price
Chewing tobacco: 16 cents per ounce
Snuff: 60 cents per ounce

Cuyahoga County levies additional taxes on tobacco and alcohol, including $0.35 per pack of cigarettes and $3 per gallon of liquor. The proceeds are used to fund sports facilities in the Cleveland area.

Travel Taxes

Hotel: Enactment of special lodging taxes in a few jurisdictions can mean a combined lodging tax rate of a maximum of 10% or 13%. In most locations, however, the lodging tax rate ranges from 1% to 6%.

Rental cars: No special rental car tax. Sales tax is due.

Taxes On Wireless Service

8.4%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Ohio has no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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