States With No State Sales Tax

A handful of states don't impose a sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low taxes.

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Many people don't factor in sales taxes when they are looking at the tax-friendliness of different states. That's a mistake. Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia impose a sales tax. In addition, local sales tax is collected in close to 40 states. The combined state and local levy can be hefty as well. 

On the flip side, residents are often hit hard with other taxes (like income or property taxes) in states that do not impose a sales tax. After all, money for roads and schools has to come from somewhere. 


Income tax brackets are 2022 values, unless otherwise noted. Median property tax rates are based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.

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