Delaware State Tax Guide

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

Bottom Line

Middle-Class Families: Most Tax-Friendly (Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map for Middle-Class Families)

Retirees: Most Tax-Friendly (Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map for Retirees)

Sales taxes can't get any lower than they are in The First State – because there are none. So, you can shop 'til you drop in Delaware without paying a single penny of sales tax on your purchases.

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Also, when it comes to property taxes, Delaware has the ninth-lowest median property tax rate in the nation.

The only potential downside – and it really isn't that bad – are middle-of-the-road income taxes if you have an above-average income. The state's top income tax rate is 6.6%, and it hits anyone with more than $60,000 of taxable income.

Delaware Income Taxes

Delaware Income Tax Range

Low: 2.2% (on taxable income from $2,001 to $5,000)

High: High: 6.6% (on taxable income above $60,000)

Wilmington also imposes a city tax on wages.

Delaware Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Social Security benefits are not taxed by the state.

Delaware Tax Breaks for Other Retirement Income

Taxpayers age 60 and older can exclude up to $12,500 of pension and other retirement income. Eligible retirement income includes dividends, capital gains, interest, net rental income from real property and qualified retirement plans (e.g., IRAs, 401(k) plans, Keogh plans, and government deferred compensation plans).

Taxpayers under age 60 can exclude up to $2,000 of pension and other retirement income, except that up to $12,500 from a military pension can be excluded.

Railroad Retirement benefits are also exempt.

Delaware Sales Tax

No state or local sales tax.

Delaware Real Property Taxes

In Delaware, the median property tax rate is $533 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Delaware Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

Homeowners 65 and older can get a credit equal to half of school property taxes, up to $400. However, residents who moved to Delaware after January 1, 2018, cannot receive the credit until they have lived in the state for ten consecutive years. If both people in a married household are 65 or older, only one school tax credit will be given to the household per year. If only one member is 65 or older, that person may still apply for the full tax credit. Additional exemptions for senior citizens are available, but they vary by county.

Delaware Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 23¢ per gallon.

Diesel: 22¢ per gallon.

Delaware Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $2.10 per pack

Snuff: $0.92 per ounce

All other tobacco products: 30% of the wholesale price

Vapor products: $0.05 per ml

Beer: $0.26 per gallon

Wine: $1.63 per gallon

Liquor: $4.50 per gallon

Delaware Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.

Rocky Mengle
Senior Tax Editor,

Rocky was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023. He has more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, he worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky has a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.