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 District Of Columbia Add to State Compare List | View List View State Compare List (0) selected | Compare up to 5 The Bottom Line Tax-Friendly The Nation's Capital has a progressive income tax structure that's gets steep quickly. Taxable income over $40,000 is taxed at 6.5%, though the top rate of 8.95% is reserved for taxable income over $1,000,000. The sales tax of 6% is modest and levied on very little, and property taxes are well below average. Income Tax Range Low: 4% (on taxable income up to $10,000)High: 8.95% (on taxable income over $1,000,000) Sales Tax 6% city sales tax.Groceries: ExemptClothing: TaxableMotor Vehicles: Exempt from ordinary sales tax, but taxable under special 6% to 8% excise taxPrescription Drugs: Exempt Real Property Taxes In the District of Columbia, the median property tax rate is $564 per $100,000 of assessed home value. Motor Fuel Taxes Gasoline: 28.8¢ per gallon. Diesel: 28.8¢ per gallon. Sin Taxes Cigarettes: $5 per packOther tobacco products: 91% of the wholesale priceVapor products: 91% of wholesale priceBeer: $0.09 per gallonWine: $0.30 per gallon ($0.40 for sparkling)Liquor: $1.50 per gallonOff-premises alcohol sales are taxed at 10.25% (10% for to-go sales or delivery with food). Annual Car Taxes and Fees No annual vehicle tax or fee is imposed. Estate and Inheritance Taxes For 2020, Washington, D.C., estates valued over $5,762,400 are subject to a city estate tax (the amount drops to $4 million in 2021). Rates in 2020 range from 12% to 16% (11.2% to 16% in 2021).