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.

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.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 1% to that, with an average combined rate of 6.40%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

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

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

Effective tax rate: 3.52% for single filers, 5.76% for joint filers

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.3570 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.3570 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In West Virginia, residents pay an average of $615 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

For vehicle purchases, 5% sales tax (1% lower than the general state sales tax) is due.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.20 per pack
Other tobacco products: 12% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: $0.075 per milliliter

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $1.00 per gallon
Liquor: $7.67 per gallon
West Virginia directly controls the distribution and sale of alcohol. Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

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