The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
Tool | Updated October 2019

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.

Delaware

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The First State is a standout among its East Coast neighbors with no sales tax and and low property taxes. Income taxes escalate quickly, though, with the top rate of 6.6% hitting taxable income over $60,000 (for both single and joint filers), and the city of Wilmington imposing its own wage tax.

Sales Tax

Neither the state nor localities impose a sales tax. In response, New Jersey has halved the sales tax on many items in Salem County, which borders Delaware.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2.2% (on taxable income from $2,001 to $5,000)

High: 6.6% (on taxable income above $60,000).

Effective tax rate: 3.83% for single filers, 5.53% for joint filers.

The City of Wilmington taxes wages of everyone who lives or works there at 1.25%.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.2300 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.2200 per gallon.

Property Taxes

In Delaware, residents pay an average of $604 in taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Vehicle Taxes

At registration, state charges a fee for documentation. The rate is 4.25% of purchase price or NADA book value, whichever is greater.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $2.10 a pack
Snuff: $0.92 per ounce
All other tobacco products: 30% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: $0.05 per milliliter of e-liquid.

Beer: $0.26 per gallon
Wine: $1.63 per gallon
Liquor: $4.50 per gallon

Taxes On Wireless Service

6.55%

Inheritance and Estate Taxes

None

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