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 Idaho

Mixed Tax Picture

Idaho's top tax rate of 7.4% kicks in at a fairly low bracket ($21,810 for married joint filers), giving this mountain state an effective income tax rate higher than many Northeastern states. On the other hand, property taxes are low, sales tax modest and the Gem State does not have an inheritance tax or estate tax.

Sales Tax

6.0% state levy. Localities (typically resort communities) can add as much as 3%, but the effect on the state average is negible: It's 6.03%. Food is taxable, but the state attempts to offset the levy with a $100 per-person tax credit. Seniors can get $120.

Income Tax Range

Low: 1.6% (on taxable income up to $2,908 for married joint filers and up to $1,454 for individual filers)

High: 7.4% (on taxable income of $21,810 or more for married joint filers and $10,905 or more for individual filers)

Effective income tax rate: 6.4%/individual, 6.7%/joint

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.33 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.33 per gallon.

Property Taxes

Median property tax on Idaho's median home value of $162,900 is $1,246.

See’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in Idaho.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.57 per pack
Other tobacco products: taxed at 40% of wholesale sales price

Beer: $0.15 per gallon
Wine (and beer over 4% alcohol): $0.45 cents per gallon
Liquor: $10.90 per gallon
Idaho directly controls the distribution and sale of alcohol. Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation.

Travel Taxes

Lodging (including campgrounds and vacation homes): 2%. Some cities have additional taxes up to 5%. Sales tax is also due.

Rental cars: Only sales tax is due.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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