Tool | January 2018

State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules -- on income, ordinary purchases, gas, sin products, property, and more -- across the U.S.


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Map of Georgia

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The Peach State has modest property taxes (and, in fact, has done away with the state portion of this levy). But state's income tax is nearly a flat 6%, even for low-income singles. Sales taxes lean high, and in some areas, groceries will be taxed as well.

Sales Tax

4% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4%, and the average combined rate is 7.0%, according to the Tax Foundation. While the state doesn't tax grocery food sales, localities can.

Income Tax Range

Low: 1% (on the first $1,000 of taxable net income for married couples filing jointly; on the first $750 for individual filers; and on the first $500 for married couples filing separately)

High: 6% (on taxable income over $10,000 for married couples filing jointly; on taxable income over $7,000 for individual filers; and on taxable income over $5,000 for married couples filing separately)

Effective income tax rate: 5.5%/individual, 5.8%/joint

See’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how Georgia taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.31 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.34 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Georgia's median home value of $148,100 is $1,397.

See’s Retiree Tax Mapfor details on tax breaks for seniors in Georgia.

Vehicle Taxes

Georgia levies a tax of 7% at registration. Electric vehicles are subject to a $200 annual licensing fee.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.37 a pack
Little cigars: $0.025 per ten cigars
Other cigars: 23 % of the wholesale price
Other tobacco products: 10% of the wholesale price

Beer: $1.01 per gallon
Wine: $1.51 per gallon
Liquor: $3.79 per gallon

Travel Taxes

Hotel: Georgia's 4% sales tax applies to hotels. Local municipalities can add excise taxes of 3% - 8% for up to ten days of occupancy. In Atlanta, these total up to 16%.

Rental cars: There's no statewide tax, but localities may levy them; sales tax is due.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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