Tool | October 2017

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 Louisiana

Most Tax-Friendly

The Pelican State is homeowner-friendly, with property taxes the third-lowest in the country, helping make it one of Kiplinger's top ten most tax-friendly states. The average tax bill is under $1,000, in fact. But, sales taxes are high.

Sales Tax

5.0% state levy. Localities can add as much as 7%, and the average combined rate is 9.98%, according to the Tax Foundation, the highest in the country. Groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from the state's sales tax, but localities may tax these.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2% (on $12,500 or less of taxable income for individuals, $25,000 for joint filers)

High: 6% (on more than $50,000 of taxable income; $100,000 for joint filers).

Effective income tax rate: 3.2%/individual, 3.9%/joint

Residents can deduct all of their federal income tax from state taxable income.

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.20 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.20 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Louisiana's median home value of $144,100 is $707.

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

Vehicle Taxes

Louisiana's 4% sales tax is due on purchases. Local sales taxes ranging from 1% - 5.5% can also apply.

Sin Taxes

Beer: $0.37 per gallon
Wine: $0.11 per gallon
Liquor: $2.50 per gallon

Cigarettes: $0.36 per pack
Smokeless tobacco: 20% of manufacturer’s price
Smoking tobacco: 30% of manufacturer’s price
Cigars: 8% to 20% of manufacturer’s price

Travel Taxes

Hotel: There is no statewide lodging tax, but localities can levy their own lodging taxes. The total tax to stay in New Orleans is 13%.

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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