Indiana State Tax Guide

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

Bottom Line

Middle-Class Families: Not Tax-Friendly (Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map for Middle-Class Families)

Retirees: Not Tax-Friendly (Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map for Retirees)

High state income taxes are the driving force behind Indiana's poor tax rating. The Hoosier State's flat 3.15% tax rate itself isn't too bad (and it may down after 2024), but many counties in Indiana also impose their own income taxes.

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The state's sales and property taxes are both middle-of-the-road when compared to other states. The state's general sales tax rate is high (7%), but municipalities can't tack on their own additional tax. And the median property tax rate in Indiana is comparatively modest, which is nice. Not bad, but not enough to counter the state's high income tax rates.

Indiana Income Taxes

Indiana Income Tax Range

Indiana has a flat rate of 3.15% of state adjusted gross income after modifications. Counties also levy income taxes.

If state revenues reach certain thresholds, the state rate will drop to 3.1% for 2025 and 2026, to either 3% or 3.1% for 2027 and 2028, and to either 2.9%, 3% or 3.1% after 2028.

Indiana Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Social Security benefits are not taxed by the state.

Indiana Tax Breaks for Other Retirement Income

Taxpayers age 62 and older can deduct up to $16,000 of income from a federal civil-service annuity (minus Social Security and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits).

Taxpayers age 65 or older with a federal adjusted gross income of $10,000 or less may qualify for a tax credit of up to $100 ($140 if filing a joint return and both spouses are at least 65 years old).

Starting with the 2022 tax year, all military retirement income is exempt. Railroad Retirement benefits are also exempt.

Indiana Sales Tax

7% state levy. No local taxes.

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

Indiana Real Property Taxes

In Indiana, the median property tax rate is $752 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Indiana Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

Homeowners 65 and older who earn $30,000 or less ($40,000 or less for a married couple) are eligible for a property tax deduction on property with an assessed value of $240,000 or less. The amount of the deduction is the lesser of one-half of the assessed value of the property or $14,000.

The state also allows those 65 or older with an income under $30,000 ($40,000 for couples) to have increases in assessed value limited to 2% a year. This "circuit breaker" benefit is limited to properties with an assessed value below $200,000.

Indiana Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 49.79¢ per gallon (50.79¢ per gallon effective July 1, 2022).

Diesel: 54¢ per gallon (56¢ per gallon effective July 1, 2022).

Indiana Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1 per pack

Snuff: $0.40 per ounce

Other tobacco products: 24% of wholesale price

Alternative nicotine products: Effective July 1, 2022, $0.40 per ounce

Vapor products: Effective July 1, 2022, 15% of gross retail income

Beer: $0.12 per gallon

Wine: $0.47 per gallon

Liquor: $2.68 per gallon

Indiana 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.