The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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District Of Columbia

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Living in the Nation’s Capital can be expensive. Though property and sales taxes are unexceptional, the District of Columbia takes a huge bite of income. Taxable income over $40,000 is taxed at a steep 6.5% tax rate (the top rate of 8.95% is reserved for taxable income over $1,000,000).

Sales Tax

The District of Columbia has a 6% sales tax.

Income Tax Range

Low: 4% (on taxable income up to $10,000)

High: 8.95% (on taxable income above $1,000,000)

Effective tax rate: 4.62% for single filers, 4.74% for joint filers.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.2350 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.2350 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In District of Columbia, residents pay an average of $603 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Drivers pay an excise tax — when a new vehicle is first registered in the District — that ranges from 6% to 8%, depending on the vehicle’s weight.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.50 per pack
Other tobacco products: 91% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: 91% of the wholesale price

Beer: $0.70 per gallon
Wine: $1.73 per gallon
Liquor: $6.17 per gallon 

Taxes On Wireless Service


Inheritance and Estate Taxes

The District’s estate tax is an unusual mix: The 2019 exclusion amount for the tax is $5,681,760, which is pretty high when compared to other places in the U.S. But the lowest possible estate tax rate is 12% of the estate's value, which is equal to other locations’ top rate.

Oddball Tax

Businesses in the District that sell food or alcohol are required to charge a 5-cent fee for each paper or plastic disposable bag they give to a customer. The store gets to keep a penny, and the balance goes to a government fund dedicated to cleaning up the Anacostia River.

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