California State Tax Guide

California state tax rates and rules for income, sales, property, fuel, cigarette, and other taxes that impact residents.

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California state tax: Overview

California's reputation as a high-tax state is built in part on generally high prices that sometimes result in higher tax bills on lower-taxed items. California also has one of the highest sales tax rates in the U.S., especially on gasoline.

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Cigarettes$2.87 per pack
Other tobacco products61.74% of wholesale price
Vapor products63.49% of wholesale price plus 12.5% of retail price
Beer$0.20 per gallon
Wine$0.20 per gallon
Champagne and sparkling wine$0.30 per gallon
Liquor (up to 100 proof)$3.30 per gallon
Liquor (over 100 proof)$6.60 per gallon
Marijuana15% state excise tax (subject to change in 2025)

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Katelyn Washington
Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years’ experience working in tax and finance. While she specializes in tax content, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement and financial planning and has had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes that knowledge is the key to success and enjoys helping others reach their goals by providing content that educates and informs.