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.

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 $22,900 for singles and $30,540 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. Low sales taxes offer some relief.

Sales Tax

5% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 1.75% to that, but in most locations the local rate is 0.5%, with the average combined rate at 5.44%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 4.0% (on up to $11,450 of taxable income for singles or up to $15,270 for married couples)

High: 7.65% (on taxable income over $252,150 for singles or over $336,200 for married couples)

See Kiplinger.com’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 Wisconsin’s median home value of $167,000 is $3,257.

See Kiplinger.com’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

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

Beer: $0.06 per gallon
Wine: $0.25 per gallon
Liquor: $3.25 per gallon

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.

Taxes On Wireless Service

9.21%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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