Tool | October 2017

State-by-State Guide to Taxes

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District Of Columbia

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Map of District Of Columbia

Not Tax-Friendly

Living in the Nation's Capital can be expensive. Though property and sales taxes are unexceptional, the District of Columbia huge bite of income. Taxable ncome over $40,000 is taxed at a steep 6.5% tax rate (the top rate of 8.95% is reserved for taxable income over $1,000,000).

Sales Tax

5.75%

Income Tax Range

Low: 4% (on taxable income up to $10,000)

High: 8.95% (on taxable income above $1,000,000)

Effective income tax rate: 5.5%/individual, 7.3%/joint

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax MapMap to learn how the District of Columbia taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.24 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.24 per gallon.

Property Taxes

Median property tax on District of Columbia's median home value of $475,800 is $2,665.

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Mapfor details on tax breaks for seniors in the District of Columbia.

Vehicle Taxes

Drivers pay an excise tax — when a new vehicle is first registered in the District — that ranges from 6% to 8%, depending on the vehicle’s weight.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes and little cigars: $2.50 a pack
Snuff: $0.75 per ounce
Chewing tobacco: 12% of retail price
Loose smoking tobacco: 12% retail (not pipe tobacco)
Cigars: 12% retail for cigars less than $2


Beer: $0.64 per gallon
Wine: $1.72 per gallon
Liquor: $5.69 per gallon
e-cigarettes: 70% of wholesale.

Travel Taxes

Hotel: D.C. charges a 14.5% lodging tax for hotels and transient accommodations in lieu of sales tax.

Rental cars: The District levies a 5.75% tax on rental cars, and sales tax is also collected. Commercial parking is taxed 18%.

Taxes On Wireless Service

11.70%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Estates valued over $2 million are subject to estate tax. Rates range from 8% to 16%. D.C. is seeking to match its exemption to the federal level, but decides each year if tax revenues are high enough to justify an increase. There is no inheritance tax.

Oddball Tax

Businesses in the District that sell food or alcohol are required to charge a 5-cent fee for each paper or plastic disposable bag they give to a customer. The store gets to keep a penny, and the balance goes to a government fund dedicated to cleaning up the Anacostia River.

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