In the United States, each state has its own policy for collecting income taxes. Incomes taxes are just one of the ways that state governments make revenues for operations – think things like building schools and repairing roads. Of the 50 states, a total of 43 have some form of state income taxes. In 41 states, wages and salaries are taxed. In New Hampshire and Tennessee, only interest income and tax dividends are taxed. In the remaining seven states, there is no state income tax. However, the state makes revenue through other forms of taxation, such as higher property tax rates or higher sales tax rates.
These aren’t the only differences among the states when it comes to income taxes, either. For example, some states have their own deductions and exemptions, while others use rates based on the federal tax code, while some states don’t allow any deductions or exemptions. Some states have different brackets for married and single tax filers.
For the purpose of this article, we’re going to take a look at the latest marginal individual income tax rates as of 2019. Remember, though, this data is subject to change over time but is accurate as of August 2019.
The state with the highest income tax bracket is California, which has a maximum tax rate of 13.3%. The lowest tax bracket in California is 1%, which is one of the lowest in the nation. The next highest income tax rate is found in Oregon, where the highest bracket has a rate of 9.9%. The lowest income tax bracket in Oregon is 5%. Minnesota has a similar range of state income tax rates, with the lowest being 5.35% and the highest reaching 9.85%.
Other than the states that do not levy an individual income tax, North Dakota has the lowest income tax rate in the nation. The tax rates in this state fall between 1.1% and 2.9%. Arizona has the second-lowest rates at 2.59% to 4.54%. Finally, New Mexico also has a low income tax rate of 1.7% to 4.9%.