Tool | January 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.


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Map of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin recently lowered income tax rates and reduced the number of brackets. But many residents of the Badger State will find themselves in the 6.27% bracket, which kicks in on income above only $22,230 for singles and $29,640 for joint filers. Property taxes are high. However, homeowners and renters may qualify for some property tax credits against their income tax liabilities and property tax bills. Modest sales taxes offer some relief.

Sales Tax

5% state levy, municpalities can add up to 2.0% to that, with the average combined rate at 5.40%.

Income Tax Range

Low: 4.0% (on up to $11,120 of taxable income for singles or up to $14,820 for married couples)

High: 7.65% (on taxable income over $244,750 for singles or over $326,330 for married couples)

Effective income tax rate: 5.5% single/ 5.5% married.

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.33 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.33 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Wisconsins's median home value of $165,800 is $3,248.

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

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is charged at the rate set by the county where the purchaser resides.

Sin Taxes

Beer: $0.06 per gallon
Wine: $0.25 per gallon
Liquor: $3.36 per gallon

Cigarettes: $2.52 per pack
Moist snuff: 100% of manufacturer price
Other tobacco products: 71% (no more than $0.50 per cigar)

Travel Taxes

While there is no statewide lodging tax, municipalities can levy room taxes up to 10%. Sales tax is additional, taking the total in Milwaukee to 15.1%

Rental cars: State rate is 5%, and localities can add more. Milwaukee charges an additional 3%, for example.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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