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.


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Map of Maryland

Least Tax-Friendly

The Old Line State takes aim at income: Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City have income taxes ranging from 1.75% to 3.20% of taxable income — on top of the state’s take. Maryland’s real estate taxes are middle-of-the-road and sales tax a low 6% state levy, but that’s not enough to keep Maryland from being one of Kiplinger’s top ten least tax-friendly states.

Sales Tax

6% state levy. No local taxes.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2% (on less than $1,000 of taxable income)

High: 5.75% (on more than $250,000 of taxable income for single filers; more than $300,000 for joint filers)

Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City may levy additional income taxes ranging from 1.75% to 3.20% of taxable income; per the Tax Foundation, the average levy is 2.9%.

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

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.35 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.36 per gallon.

Property Taxes

The median property tax on Maryland’s median home value of $290,400 is $3,191.

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

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is collected.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $2.00 per pack
Premium Cigars: 70% of the wholesale price
Non-premium cigars: 15% of the wholesale price
Other tobacco products: 30% of the wholesale price.

Beer: $0.53 per gallon
Wine: $1.36 per gallon
Liquor: $5.00 per gallon

Vapor products: Montgomery County taxes 30% of wholesale price.

Travel Taxes

Hotel: No statewide lodging tax, though sale tax is due. Localities may levy taxes, however; Baltimore City's is 7.5%, Anne Arundel County: 12%, Baltimore County: 8%, Montgomery County: 7%, Prince George’s County: 5%, Queen Anne’s County: 5%

Rental cars: 11.5%. No additional sales tax is levied.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Maryland estate tax is imposed on estates exceeding $4 million. The Free State’s estate tax exemption will rise to $5 million in 2019 but won’t be indexed to inflation going forward. While Maryland has an inheritance tax (with a flat 10% rate), the list of heirs exempt from paying it is long.

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