The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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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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The Pelican State is homeowner-friendly, with property taxes among the lowest in the country. The average tax bill is under $1,000, in fact. But, sales taxes are among the highest in the country. Louisiana is one of a handful of states that allow residents to deduct their federal income taxes.

Sales Tax

4.45% state levy. Localities can add as much as 7%, and the average combined rate is 9.45%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from the state sales tax, but localities may tax these.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2% (on $12,500 or less of taxable income for individuals, $25,000 for joint filers)

High: 6% (on more than $50,000 of taxable income; $100,000 for joint filers).

Effective tax rate: 2.87% for single filers, 4.09% for joint filers.

Residents can deduct all of their federal income tax from state taxable income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.2001 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.2001 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Louisiana, residents pay an average of $555 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Louisiana’s 4% sales tax is due on purchases. Local sales taxes ranging from 1% - 5.5% can also apply.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.08 per pack
Smokeless tobacco: 20% of manufacturer’s price
Smoking tobacco: 33% of manufacturer’s price
Snuff: 20% of manufacturer's price
Cigars: 8% to 20% of manufacturer’s price
Vapor products: $0.05 per milliliter

Beer: $0.40 per gallon
Wine: $0.76 per gallon
Liquor: $3.03 per gallon

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