State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2021

Louisiana State Tax Guide for Middle-Class Families

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, gas, property, cigarette, and other taxes that impact middle-class families.


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The Pelican State is homeowner-friendly, with property taxes among the lowest in the country. Income tax rates aren't too bad, either. And they'll be even lower starting in 2022 for most people. But, overall sales tax rates are the highest in country, according to the Tax Foundation. And localities are allowed to tax the sale of groceries, even though the state does not. Overall, the state's tax burden on middle-class families is lower than average.

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)

Starting in 2022, Louisiana's lowest personal income tax rate will be 1.85% and it's highest rate will be 4.25%. In addition, each personal income tax rate will be reduced beginning April 1, 2024, and each April 1 thereafter through 2034, if the prior fiscal year's actual individual income tax collections exceed the actual tax collections for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, adjusted annually by the growth factor provided in the state constitution.

Sales Tax

4.45% state levy. Localities can add as much as 7%, and the average combined rate is 9.55%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Groceries: Exempt from state tax, but local taxes may apply
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt from state tax, but local taxes may apply

Real Property Taxes

In Louisiana, the median property tax rate is $551 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 20.01¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 20.01¢ per gallon.

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 ml

Beer: $0.40 per gallon
Wine: $0.76 per gallon (Sparkling: $2.08 per gallon)
Liquor: $3.03 per gallon

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

No annual vehicle tax or fee is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.