Overview of Indiana Taxes
Indiana has a flat statewide income tax. By 2017, that rate will be reduced to 3.23%. However, many counties charge an additional income tax. Statewide sales tax is 7% and an average effective property tax rate of 0.88%.
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Indiana state tax quick facts
Indiana’s statewide income tax has decreased twice in recent years. It went from a flat rate of 3.4% to 3.3% in 2015 and then down to 3.23% for 2017. Those rates, taken alone, would give Indiana some of the lowest income taxes in the country, but Indiana counties also levy their own income taxes in addition to the state tax. This lifts the total rate in some places to more than 6.5%.
In addition to those income taxes, the state of Indiana assesses a statewide sales tax of 7% (21st-highest in the country). Local governments collect property taxes, with county-level effective rates ranging from 0.39% up to 1.20%. Below, we’ll dig into the details on all these rates. Read on to find out how taxes in the Hoosier State might affect your wallet.
Indiana Income Tax
Indiana has a flat state income tax rate of 3.23%, which means that all Indiana residents pay the same percentage of their income in state tax. Unlike the federal income tax system, rates do not vary based on income level. Rates do vary, however, based on geography. Indiana’s 92 counties levy their own income taxes in addition to the state, with rates ranging from 0.35% up to 3.38%. As of January 2017, counties charge the same tax rate for residents and non-residents. The table below shows the income tax rates for all 92 Indiana counties. Note these rates are paid in addition to the state rate of 3.3%.
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While taxes should be withheld from a taxpayer’s paychecks throughout the year at a rate equal to the total of the state and county rate, any Indiana taxpayer with annual income greater than the amount they can claim in exemptions must file a state income tax return. So if you’re eligible for a total of $3,000 in exemptions and your taxable income is $3,000 or less, then you do not need to file income tax in Indiana. Consider hiring a professional accountant or looking into tax preparation software like Credit Karma and H&R Block to help file your returns.
There is no standard deduction in Indiana, but taxpayers may still claim itemized deductions on their Indiana state income tax return. Some of the expenses and types of income that may be deducted in Indiana are home insulation installations (weather stripping, double pane windows, storm doors, etc.), Indiana lottery winnings and renter’s deduction. The renter’s deduction can be as much as $3,000, but is only available to people who pay rent on their principal residence and live in a building or home that is subject to Indiana property tax.
Indiana Tax Credits
There are also a number of notable tax credits in Indiana. Taxpayers who have made a donation to an Indiana college or university in the past year may claim a credit of the lesser of $100 or half of the amount donated. The Indiana earned income tax credit is available to taxpayers who claim an earned income tax credit on their federal tax return. Lastly, the Automatic Taxpayer Refund (ATR) credit is a credit given to all taxpayers when there is a significant surplus in the Indiana state budget. This credit was last given in 2013, with all taxpayers receiving $111.
Indiana Sales Tax
Unlike most other states, there are no local sales tax rates in Indiana, so wherever you go in the Hoosier State you will pay the same rate of 7%. That rate applies to goods or tangible personal property (like electronics, clothing and furniture) but does not apply to most services. Many types of food are exempt from sales tax, including most items you would buy at a grocery store. Soft drinks, candy and other sweets, however, are not exempt.
Indiana Property Tax
Property taxes in Indiana are relatively low, especially in comparison to other states in the region. Homeowners in Indiana pay an average of $1,085 in property taxes annually, 10th lowest in the country. (Contrast that with neighboring Illinois, where the average property tax bill is nearly $4,000.) The average effective property tax rate in Indiana is 0.87%.
By state law, property tax collections on primary residences and surrounding property up to one acre are capped at 1% of a home’s market value. There are a number of other property tax deductions available in Indiana.
The Homestead Standard Deduction reduces the taxable property value by the lesser of $45,000 or 60%. The Supplemental Homestead Deduction then reduces taxable value by 35% of the first $600,000 in value and by 25% on any value above $600,000. For example, let’s say you have a house that is worth $300,000. The Homestead Standard Deduction will reduce your taxable property value by $45,000 (since 60% of $300,000 would be more than $45,000). That brings your taxable value to $255,000 ($300,000 minus $45,000) and then the Supplemental Homestead Deduction will further reduce your taxable value by $89,250 (35% of $255,000). Your final taxable property value would be $165,750.
A deduction can also be claimed for solar energy, wind power, geothermal and hydroelectric installations. Homeowners with a mortgage can claim a deduction for the lesser of $3,000, one half the assessed home value or the mortgage balance.
Low property taxes in Indiana can help ease some of the stress that comes with the process of buying a home. If you are thinking about buying a home in Indiana or are looking to refinance your current home loan, you should check out our comprehensive Indiana mortgage guide for information about getting a mortgage in the state.
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Indiana Inheritance Tax
The Indiana inheritance tax was repealed as of December 31, 2012. For individuals who die after that date, no inheritance tax is due on payments from their estate.
Indiana Cigarette Tax
Indiana collects taxes on cigarettes equal to 99.5 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes. That is the 36th lowest rate in the country but in 2017, Indiana lawmakers considered raising the tax by $1.
Indiana Fireworks Tax
While certain types of fireworks are legal in Indiana, they are subject to a 5% public safety fee. This is on top of the 7% sales tax.
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Places with the Lowest Tax Burden
Are you curious how your tax burden stacks up against others in your state? SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the counties with the lowest tax burden. Scroll over any county in the state to learn about taxes in that specific area.
Where you live can have a big impact on both which types of taxes you have to pay each year and how much money you spend on them. SmartAsset calculated the amount of money a specific person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county in the country and ranked the lowest to highest tax burden.
To better compare income tax burdens across counties, we used the national median household income. We then applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating federal, state and local income taxes.
In order to determine sales tax burden we estimated that 35% of take-home (after-tax) pay is spent on taxable goods. We multiplied the average sales tax rate for a county by the household income less income tax. This product is then multiplied by 35% to estimate the sales tax paid.
For property taxes, we compared the median property taxes paid in each county.
For fuel taxes, we first distributed statewide vehicle miles traveled down to the county level using the number of vehicles in each county. We then calculated the total number of licensed drivers within each county. The countywide miles were then distributed amongst the licensed drivers in the county, which gave us the miles driven per licensed driver. Using the nationwide average fuel economy, we calculated the average gallons of gas used per driver in each county and multiplied that by the fuel tax.
We then added the dollar amount for income, sales, property and fuel taxes to rank the counties to calculate a total tax burden.