State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2021

Wisconsin 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.


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Property taxes in the Badger State are high. The statewide median rate is the sixth-highest in our nation-wide rankings. Income taxes for middle-class families in Wisconsin are roughly in the middle when compared to other states. The good news is that the average combined state and local sales tax rate is actually low in Wisconsin.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3.54% (on up to $12,120 of taxable income for singles or up to $16,160 for married couples)

High: 7.65% (on taxable income over $266,930 for singles or over $355,910 for married couples)

Sales Tax

5% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 1.75% to that, with the average combined rate at 5.43%, according to the Tax Foundation.

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

Real Property Taxes

In Wisconsin, the median property tax rate is $1,781 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 32.9¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 32.9¢ per gallon.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $2.52 per pack
Moist snuff: 100% of manufacturer price
Other tobacco products: 71% (no more than $0.50 per cigar)
Vapor products: $0.05 per ml

Beer: $0.06 per gallon
Wine: $0.07 per gallon
Liquor: $3.25 per gallon

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle registration fee is imposed. Additional local fees may apply.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.