Tool | Updated October 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.

West Virginia

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The Bottom Line
Map of West Virginia

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The Mountain State’s median real estate taxes are among the lowest in the U.S. Sales taxes are also reasonable. Like many western states, West Virginia benefits from natural resources like gas and coal, and collects significant severance taxes from them.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 1% to that, with an average combined rate of 6.38%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3% (on up to $10,000 of taxable income)

High: 6.5% (on taxable income of $60,000 or more)

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how West Virginia taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.36 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.36 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on West Virginia's median home value of $107,400 is $629.

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map for details on tax breaks for seniors in West Virginia.

Vehicle Taxes

For vehicle purchases, 5% sales tax (1% lower than the general state sales tax) is due.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.20 per pack
Other tobacco products: 12% of the wholesale price

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $1.00 per gallon
Liquor: $7.67 per gallon
West Virginia 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.
Vapor products: $0.08 per ml of e-juice.

Travel Taxes

Hotel: While there is no statewide lodging tax, some counties and municipalities can add up to 6%. Sales tax is due.

Rental cars: State tax of $1 per day in addition to sales tax.

Taxes On Wireless Service

8.05%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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