West Virginia State Tax Guide

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

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West Virginia state tax: Overview

Most West Virginia state taxes are reasonable when compared to most other states. There are no inheritance taxes for your heirs to worry about, and the sales tax rate is about average compared to other states. 

Additionally, West Virginia is one of the states where you'll pay less income tax in 2023, thanks to legislation enacted earlier this year. Property taxes in West Virginia are much lower than in most other states.

[Data for this state tax guide was gathered from several sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s government website, the Sales Tax Handbook, and the Tax Foundation. Property taxes are cited as a rate percentage rather than the assessed value.]

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West Virginia income taxes

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West Virginia tax on retirement benefits:  West Virginia used to tax Social Security benefits but began phasing out the tax last year. Military pensions and Railroad Retirement benefits tax-exempt. Income from federal and West Virginia state or local government retirement plans for police, sheriffs and firefighters is fully exempt.

West Virginia Income Tax Range: Single filers, married filing jointly, heads of households, and estates and trusts

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Up to $10,0002.36%
Over $10,000 but not over $25,0003.15% of the amount over $10,000
Over $25,000 but not over $40,0003.54% of the amount over $25,000
Over $40,000 but not over $60,0004.72% of the amount over $40,000
More than $60,000 5.12% of the amount over $60,000

West Virginia Income Tax Range: Married filing separately

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Up to $5,0002.36%
Over $5,000 but not over $12,5003.15% of the amount over $5,000
Over $12,500 but not over $20,0003.54% of the amount over $12,500
Over $20,000 but not over $30,0004.72% of the amount over $20,000
Over $20,000 but not over $30,0005.12% of the amount over $30,000

Local tax jurisdictions (such as cities) can impose additional income taxes.

West Virginia sales tax

West Virginia's sales tax rate is 6%. Localities can add an additional tax of up to 1%, and the average combined tax rate is 6.566%, according to the Tax Foundation. West Virginia is one of the states that still tax diapers and menstrual products. However, other essentials are exempt from sales tax.

  • Groceries are tax-exempt.
  • Prescription drugs are tax-exempt.

How much are property taxes in West Virginia?

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On average, West Virginians pay some of the lowest property tax bills in the nation, with a median tax bill of $756.

West Virginia Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

People who are 65 years of age or older (or who have a total and permanent disability) are exempt from paying taxes on the first $20,000 of their home's assessed value.  For example, if your property's tax assessed value is $200,000, you would only pay taxes on $180,000.

(Note: Additional property tax breaks, such as property tax credits, are offered to eligible homeowners. However, income requirements apply.)

West Virginia motor fuel taxes

  • Gasoline: $0.372 per gallon
  • Diesel: $0.372 per gallon

West Virginia alcohol and tobacco taxes

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Cigarettes$1.20 per pack
Other tobacco products 12% of wholesale price
Beer$0.18 per gallon
Wine$1 per gallon (plus local tax)
LiquorState-Controlled (Estimated $1.89 per gallon)

West Virginia estate and inheritance taxes

West Virginia doesn't have an estate or inheritance tax.

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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.