The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
Tool | Updated October 2019

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.

South Carolina

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The Bottom Line
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Mixed Tax Picture

The Palmetto State boasts low property taxes — the fourth-lowest in the country, according to our metric. Many taxpayers will find themselves in the highest income bracket, however; the 7% rate kicks in at just $14,600 of taxable income, and the sales tax (an average of 7.46%, per the Tax Foundation) leans high as well.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. Localities can add as much as 3%, and the average combined rate is 7.46%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3% (on taxable income over $2,970)

High: 7% (on taxable income over $14,860)

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.2275 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.2275 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In South Carolina, residents pay an average $601 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due on purchases. South Carolina levies an annual tax on a vehicle’s value. Counties set the rate. Example: If you own a $10,000 car, your personal property tax would be $173 (based on the average statewide rate).

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.57 per pack
Other tobacco products: 5% of the manufacturer’s price

Beer and other malt beverages: $0.77 per gallon
Wine: $1.08 per gallon
Liquor: $5.42 per gallon

Taxes On Wireless Service

12.56%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

None.

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