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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Map of Washington


The Evergreen State is one of seven states with no broad-based personal income tax. However, combined state and local sales tax rates are some of the highest in the nation, at up to 10.4%. Fuel taxes are also high.

Sales Tax

6.5% state levy. Municpalities can add up to 3.9% to that, with the average combined rate at 9.19%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Washington has no state income tax.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.49 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.49 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Washington’s median home value of $269,300 is $2,860.

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

Vehicle Taxes

For vehicle purchases, a 0.3% motor vehicle sales tax is charged on top of sales tax due at the rate of the purchaser’s residence.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $3.03 per pack
Cigars: 95% of sale price, with a cap of $0.75 per cigar
Moist snuff: $2.53 per 1.2-ounce container
Other tobacco products: 95% of sale price

Beer: $0.26 per gallon
Wine: $0.87 per gallon ($1.72 per gallon for alcohol content above 14%)
Liquor is taxed by the liter and as a percentage of selling cost; the Tax Foundation calculates this at $32.52 per gallon, the highest in the country.
Marijuana: 37%

Travel Taxes

Hotel: Hotel and motel taxes are set by municipality and range from 1% to 4%. Some localities add per-room, per-night fees as well. Sales tax is due. In Seattle, this adds up to 15.6%.

Rental cars: The state tax rate on rental cars is 5.9%. Franklin, Pierce, King and Spokane Counties add 1%, plus there's an additional 0.8% transit-authority tax in Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties.

Taxes On Wireless Service


Inheritance and Estate Taxes

An estate tax is imposed on estates exceeding $2.193 million. Rates range from 10% to 20%. Washington offers an additional $2.5 million deduction for family-owned businesses valued at less than $6 million.

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