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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The Treasure State is one of five states that do not impose a general sales tax. That (and relatively low property taxes) are the good news. The bad news is that the top income rate of 6.9% kicks in at just $17,400 of income.

Sales Tax

No sales tax. Resort areas such as Big Sky, Red Lodge and West Yellowstone have local sales taxes.

Income Tax Range

Low: 1% (on up to $2,900 of taxable income)

High: 6.9% (on taxable income over $17,400). Montana permits filers to deduct some of their federal income tax.

Effective income tax rate: 5.4%/individual, 6.5%/joint

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.32 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.33 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Montana's median home value of $193,500 is $1,652.

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

Vehicle Taxes

While there is no state sales tax at registration, county option taxes may be due.

Sin Taxes

Beer: $0.14 per gallon
Wine: $1.06 per gallon
Liquor: $9.30 per gallon
Montana 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.

Cigarettes: $1.70 per pack
Moist snuff: $0.85 per pack
Other tobacco products: 50% of the wholesale price

Travel Taxes

Hotel (includes campgrounds): 7%

Rental cars: 4%.

Taxes On Wireless Service


Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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