The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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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 Buckeye State’s state income taxes are relatively modest, with the first $10,650 of taxable income exempted and a top rate under 5%. But municipalities take a swipe at income, too, as do about a third of the state’s school districts.

Sales Tax

5.75% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.25%, and the average combined rate is 7.15%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 1.98% (on income over $10,650 of taxable income)

High: 4.997% (on taxable income over $213,350). Municipalities can levy income taxes, too; the average local rate is 2.5%, per the Tax Foundation.

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.28 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.28 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Ohio’s median home value of $131,900 is $2,064.

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

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due when vehicle title is transferred.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.60 per pack
Pipe tobacco and cigars: 17% of the wholesale price
Little cigars: 37% of the wholesale price
Chewing tobacco: 17% of the wholesale price
Snuff: 17% of the wholesale price

Cuyahoga County levies additional taxes on tobacco and alcohol, including $0.35 per pack of cigarettes and $3 per gallon of liquor. The proceeds are used to fund sports facilities in the Cleveland area.

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $0.32 per gallon
Sparkling wine: $1.50 per gallon
Liquor: $9.87 per gallon
Ohio 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

Hotel: Enactment of special lodging taxes in a few jurisdictions can mean a combined lodging tax rate of a maximum of 10% or 13%. In most locations, however, the lodging tax rate ranges from 1% to 6%. Airbnb guests in Cleveland will pay 3% and guests in Cuyahoga County will pay 5.5% in local lodging taxes.

Rental cars: No special rental car tax. Sales tax is due.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax and no estate tax.

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