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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Least Tax-Friendly

While the cost of housing is comparatively low in the Cornhusker State, the average property tax rate in the state is quite high. For a $400,000 home, the state-wide average tax in Nebraska comes to $7,421 per year. That’s the eighth-highest property tax amount in our U.S. rankings, and it’s the primary reason why Nebraska is on the least tax-friendly list. Nebraska’s middle of the road income and sales taxes aren’t enough to counter the state’s high property tax rate.

Sales Tax

5.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.0%, and the average combined rate is 6.88%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2.46% (on up to $3,150 of taxable income for single filers and $6,290 for married couples filing jointly)

High: 6.84% (on taxable income over $30,420 for single filers and $60,480 for married couples filing jointly)

Effective tax rate: 3.23% for single filers, 5.22% for joint filers

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.3060 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.3000 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Nebraska, residents pay an average of $1,855 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due. Additionally, the state charges an annual tax based on value. For a 3-year-old car that was $20,000 when new, the tax would be $240.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.64 per pack
Snuff: $0.44 per ounce
Other tobacco products: 20% of the wholesale price

Beer: $0.31 per gallon
Wine: $0.95 per gallon
Liquor: $3.75 per gallon

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

With Nebraska’s inheritance tax, the closer the heir’s relationship to the decedent, the smaller the tax rate and the greater the exemption. For example, the tax on heirs who are immediate relatives is only 1% and does not apply to property that is worth less than $40,000. For remote relatives, the tax rate is 13% and the exemption amount is $15,000. For all other heirs, the tax is imposed at an 18% rate on property worth $10,000 or more.

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