State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2020

West Virginia 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.

West Virginia

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The Bottom Line
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Mixed Tax Picture

The Mountain State's median real estate taxes are among the lowest in the U.S. Sales taxes are also reasonable, but income tax bites hard on higher incomes, with the top rate of 6.5% kicking in on taxable income over $60,000. Like many western states, West Virginia benefits from natural resources like gas and coal, and collects significant severance taxes from them.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3% (on up to $10,000 of taxable income)

High: 6.5% (on taxable income of $60,000 or more)

West Virginia municipalities can also impose city service fees on people working in the city.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 1% to that, with an average combined rate of 6.51%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Groceries: Exempt
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

Real Property Taxes

In West Virginia, the median property tax rate is $571 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 35.7¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 35.7¢ per gallon.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.20 per pack
Other tobacco products: 12% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: $0.08 per ml

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $1 per gallon plus 5% local sales tax
Liquor: $7.62 per gallon
Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle property tax based on the car's value is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.


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