The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
Tool | Updated October 2019

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 Bottom Line
Flag of Maryland

Not Tax-Friendly

The Old Line State takes aim at income: Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City have income taxes ranging from 1.75% to 3.20% of taxable income — on top of the state’s take. Maryland’s real estate taxes are middle-of-the-road and sales tax a low 6% state levy.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. No local taxes.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2% (on less than $1,000 of taxable income)

High: 5.75% (on more than $250,000 of taxable income for single filers; more than $300,000 for joint filers)

Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City may levy additional income taxes ranging from 1.75% to 3.20% of taxable income; per the Tax Foundation, the average levy is 2.9%.

Effective tax rate: 7.06% for single filers, 7.21% for joint filers.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.3670 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.3745 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Maryland, residents pay an average of $1,125 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is collected.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $2.00 per pack
Premium cigars: 70% of the wholesale price
Non-premium cigars: 15% of the wholesale price
Other tobacco products: 30% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: Montgomery County has a tax of 30% of wholesale price.

Beer: $0.53 per gallon
Wine: $1.36 per gallon
Liquor: $5.00 per gallon

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Maryland’s estate tax exemption is $5 million in 2019, plus any predeceased spouse's unused exclusion amount. The exemption amount is currently not scheduled to increase for 2020. Rates range from 0.8% to 16%.

While Maryland also has an inheritance tax (with a flat 10% rate), the list of heirs exempt from paying it includes the decedent's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and surviving spouse of a deceased child. In addition, property not exceeding $1,000 passing to any one person is not subject to the tax.

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