State tax rates and rules for income, sales, gas, property, cigarette, and other taxes that impact middle-class families. Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map Rhode Island Add to State Compare List | View List View State Compare List (0) selected | Compare up to 5 The Bottom Line Not Tax-Friendly Rhode Island is expensive for homeowners. In Rhode Island, residents pay an average $1,533 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. Income Tax Range Low: 3.75% (on up to $65,250 of taxable income)High: 5.99% (on taxable income over $148,350) Sales Tax 7% state levy. No local taxes.Groceries: ExemptClothing: Exempt if under $250Motor Vehicles: TaxablePrescription Drugs: Exempt Real Property Taxes In Rhode Island, the median property tax rate is $1,533 per $100,000 of assessed home value. Motor Fuel Taxes Gasoline: 35¢ per gallon. Diesel: 35¢ per gallon. Sin Taxes Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.25 per packSnuff: $1 per ounceCigars: 80% of the wholesale price with a $0.50 per cigar capOther tobacco products: 80% of the wholesale priceBeer: $0.12 per gallonWine: $1.40 per gallonLiquor: $5.40 per gallonAlcohol purchases are exempt from sales tax. Annual Car Taxes and Fees An annual vehicle excise tax based on the car's value is imposed. Estate and Inheritance Taxes Rhode Island has an estate tax with a 2020 exemption amount of $1,579,922 ($1,595,156 for 2021). Rates range from 0.8% to 16%.