The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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District Of Columbia

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The Bottom Line
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 takes huge bite of income. Taxable income 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


Income Tax Range

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

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

See’s Retiree Tax Map Map 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 $506,100 is $2,811.

See’s Retiree Tax Map for 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: $4.50 per pack
Other tobacco products: 96% of the wholesale price
Beer: $0.70 per gallon
Wine: $1.73 per gallon
Liquor: $6.17 per gallon
Vapor products: 96% of the wholesale price.

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


Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Estates valued over $5.6 million are subject to estate tax. Rates range from 8% to 16%.

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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