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

Maine 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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Maine's lowest income tax rate of 5.8% is higher than some other states' maximum rate. The state tries to make up for that by charging a relatively low sales tax (and not letting municipalities add to it). The average statewide property tax rate is above average, but it's not outrageous. Overall, Maine's tax burden on working-class families is about in the middle when compared to other states.

Income Tax Range

Low: 5.8% (on taxable income less than $22,450 for single filers; less than $44,950 for joint filers)

High: 7.15% (on taxable income of $53,150 or more for single filers; $106,350 for joint filers)

For 2022, the 5.8% rate applies to taxable income less than $23,000 for single filers and less than $46,000 for joint filers. The 7.15% rate applies to taxable income over $54,450 for single filers and over $108,900 for joint filers.

Sales Tax

5.5% state levy. No local taxes.

Groceries: Taxable, but "grocery staples" are exempt
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

Real Property Taxes

In Maine, the median property tax rate is $1,320 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 30.01¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 31.21¢ per gallon.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $2 per pack
Snuff: $2.02 per ounce
Other tobacco products: 43% of wholesale price
Vapor products: 43% of wholesale price

Beer: $0.35 per gallon
Wine: $0.60 per gallon ($1.24 for sparkling)
Liquor: $11.96 per gallon
Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

Marijuana: 15% excise tax; 10% sales tax

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle excise tax based on the car's age and sticker price (MSRP) is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

Maine has an estate tax with an exemption of $6.01 million for 2022. Tax rates range from 8% to 12%.