The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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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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Least Tax-Friendly

While the cost of housing is comparatively low in the Cornhusker State, the average property tax rate in the state is quite high. For a $400,000 home, the state-wide average tax in Nebraska comes to $7,421 per year. That’s the eighth-highest property tax amount in our U.S. rankings, and it’s the primary reason why Nebraska is on the least tax-friendly list. Nebraska’s middle of the road income and sales taxes aren’t enough to counter the state’s high property tax rate.

Sales Tax

5.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.0%, and the average combined rate is 6.88%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2.46% (on up to $3,150 of taxable income for single filers and $6,290 for married couples filing jointly)

High: 6.84% (on taxable income over $30,420 for single filers and $60,480 for married couples filing jointly)

Effective tax rate: 3.23% for single filers, 5.22% for joint filers

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.3060 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.3000 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Nebraska, residents pay an average of $1,855 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

Sales tax is due. Additionally, the state charges an annual tax based on value. For a 3-year-old car that was $20,000 when new, the tax would be $240.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $0.64 per pack
Snuff: $0.44 per ounce
Other tobacco products: 20% of the wholesale price

Beer: $0.31 per gallon
Wine: $0.95 per gallon
Liquor: $3.75 per gallon

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Nebraska’s inheritance tax is a local tax administered by counties and ranges from 1% to 18%; assets passing to a spouse or charity are exempt from inheritance taxes.

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