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.

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is expensive for homeowners. In Rhode Island, residents pay an average $1,723 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value. The Ocean State’s sales taxes lean high (and are above its neighboring states), but the income tax bite is modest.

Sales Tax

7% state levy. No local taxes. Clothing and footwear priced at $250 or less are exempt.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3.75% (on up to $62,250 of taxable income)

High: 5.99% (on taxable income over $149,150)

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.3500 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.3500 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Rhode Island, residents pay an average $1,723 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

The 7% state sales tax is applied. Rhode Island is moving to phase out its unpopular annual car tax, which has widely varying rates set by municipalities. Residents will see their bills go down as the state exempts more taxable value each year until 2024, when the tax completely disappears.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.25 per pack
Snuff: $1 per ounce
Cigars: 80% of the wholesale price with a $0.50 per cigar cap
Other tobacco products: 80% of the wholesale price

Beer: $0.12 per gallon
Wine: $1.40 per gallon
Liquor: $5.40 per gallon
Alcohol purchases are exempt from sales tax.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Rhode Island has an estate tax with an exclusion level that’s indexed to inflation (the 2019 threshold is $1,561,719). Rates range from 0.8% - 16%.

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