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.

South Carolina

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Map of South Carolina

Mixed Tax Picture

The Palmetto State boasts low property taxes — the sixth-lowest in the country. Many taxpayers will find themselves in the highest income bracket, however; the 7% rate kicks in at just $14,600 of income.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.5%, and the average combined rate is 7.22%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3% (on taxable income over $2,920)

High: 7% (on taxable income over $14,600)

Effective income tax rate: 5.6%/individual, 6.6%/joint

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.19.
Diesel: $0.19.

Property Taxes

Median property tax on South Carolina's median home value of $139,900 is $798. See’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in South Carolina.

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

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

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

Travel Taxes

Hotel: There is no statewide lodging tax. Localities, however, can add up to 2%, in addition to local sales tax

Rental cars: 5%, plus sales tax.

Taxes On Wireless Service


Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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