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Overview of Louisiana Taxes

Louisiana has a progressive income tax that is only slightly higher than the national average. The average sales tax rate (including local and state) in the Bayou State is one of the highest in the country, at about 9.52%. Meanwhile, the average effective property tax rate is one of the lowest.

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* These are the taxes owed for the 2020 - 2021 filing season.

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    Our income tax calculator calculates your federal, state and local taxes based on several key inputs: your household income, location, filing status and number of personal exemptions. Also, we separately calculate the federal income taxes you will owe in the 2020 - 2021 filing season based on the Trump Tax Plan.

    How Income Taxes Are Calculated

    • First, we calculate your adjusted gross income (AGI) by taking your total household income and reducing it by certain items such as contributions to your 401(k).
    • Next, from AGI we subtract exemptions and deductions (either itemized or standard) to get your taxable income. Exemptions can be claimed for each taxpayer as well as dependents such as one’s spouse or children.
    • Based on your filing status, your taxable income is then applied to the the tax brackets to calculate your federal income taxes owed for the year.
    • Your location will determine whether you owe local and / or state taxes.
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Taxes in Louisiana

Louisiana State Tax Quick Facts

  • Income tax: 2.00% - 6.00%
  • Sales tax: 4.45% - 11.45%
  • Property tax: 0.53% average effective rate
  • Gas tax: 20 cents per gallon of regular gasoline and diesel

Taxes in the Bayou State range from very low to very high, depending on the type of tax and your location. The state income tax, which ranges from 2% to 6%, is only slightly higher than average among the 50 states. Meanwhile, state and local sales taxes average about 9.52%, which is just short of the highest mark in the U.S. In some areas, sales taxes are over 11%, while other areas pay rates less than half that amount. Property taxes statewide have an average effective rate of just 0.53%.

A financial advisor in Louisiana can help you understand how these taxes fit into your overall financial goals. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including retirement, homeownership, insurance and more, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

Louisiana Income Taxes

Like the federal income tax, the Louisiana state income tax is based on income brackets, with marginal rates increasing as incomes increase. In total, there are three income brackets.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $12,5002.00%
$12,500 - $50,0004.00%
$50,000+6.00%
Married, Filing Jointly
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $25,0002.00%
$25,000 - $100,0004.00%
$100,000+6.00%
Married, Filing Separately
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $12,5002.00%
$12,500 - $50,0004.00%
$50,000+6.00%
Head of Household
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $12,5002.00%
$12,500 - $50,0004.00%
$50,000+6.00%

Louisiana’s top rate ranks in the top 20 highest in the U.S. These rates apply to Louisiana taxable income; this is calculated based on federal adjusted gross income (AGI), with some additions for sources of income that are taxable in Louisiana, and some subtractions for Louisiana deductions, exemptions and nontaxable income sources.

The main income source that must be added back to federal AGI to calculate Louisiana income tax is interest and dividend income. There are several income sources that can be subtracted, including Louisiana state employees’ or teachers’ retirement benefits, federal retirement benefits, social security income and up to $6,000 in retirement income from other sources for taxpayers aged 65 or over.

Louisiana has a personal exemption of $4,500 ($9,000 for heads of household and joint filers), with additional personal exemptions of $1,000 for dependents. Louisiana also allows taxpayers to deduct the amount of their federal itemized deductions that were in excess of the federal standard deduction on their federal tax return, and to deduct school expenses for dependents who are currently in school.

Louisiana Sales Tax

Louisiana’s state sales tax rate is 4.45%. Alone, that is one of the lowest rates in the nation. Unfortunately for Louisiana consumers and visitors, that base rate is augmented by significant parish (what Louisiana calls its counties) and city sales tax rates. The table below shows the state and parish sales tax rates for every parish in Louisiana and the total state and local sales tax rates for the state’s largest cities.

Sales Tax Rates(Updated December 2020)

Parish
ParishState RateParish RateTotal Sales Tax
Acadia Parish4.45%4.25%8.70%
Allen Parish4.45%4.70%9.15%
Ascension Parish4.45%4.50%8.95%
Assumption Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Avoyelles Parish4.45%3.25%7.70%
Beauregard Parish4.45%4.75%9.20%
Bienville Parish4.45%3.00%7.45%
Bossier Parish4.45%4.25%8.70%
Caddo Parish4.45%3.35%7.80%
Calcasieu Parish4.45%5.75%10.20%
Caldwell Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Cameron Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Catahoula Parish4.45%6.00%10.45%
Claiborne Parish4.45%3.63%8.08%
Concordia Parish4.45%4.75%9.20%
De Soto Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
East Baton Rouge Parish4.45%5.50%9.95%
East Carroll Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
East Feliciana Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Evangeline Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Franklin Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Grant Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Iberia Parish4.45%3.25%7.70%
Iberville Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Jackson Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Jefferson Davis Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Jefferson Parish4.45%4.75%9.20%
La Salle Parish4.45%3.50%7.95%
Lafayette Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Lafourche Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Lincoln Parish4.45%3.25%7.70%
Livingston Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Madison Parish4.45%3.50%7.95%
Morehouse Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Natchitoches Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Orleans Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Ouachita Parish4.45%5.99%10.44%
Plaquemines Parish4.45%4.50%8.95%
Pointe Coupee Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Rapides Parish4.45%3.50%7.95%
Red River Parish4.45%4.50%8.95%
Richland Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Sabine Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Saint Bernard Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Saint Charles Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Saint Helena Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Saint James Parish4.45%3.50%7.95%
Saint John the Baptist Parish4.45%5.25%9.70%
Saint Landry Parish4.45%5.55%10.00%
Saint Martin Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Saint Mary Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Saint Tammany Parish4.45%0.00%4.45%
Tangipahoa Parish4.45%3.00%7.45%
Tensas Parish4.45%5.25%9.70%
Terrebonne Parish4.45%5.50%9.95%
Union Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Vermilion Parish4.45%3.75%8.20%
Vernon Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
Washington Parish4.45%4.83%9.28%
Webster Parish4.45%3.00%7.45%
West Baton Rouge Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
West Carroll Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
West Feliciana Parish4.45%5.00%9.45%
Winn Parish4.45%4.00%8.45%
City
CityState RateParish + City RateTotal Sales Tax
Alexandria4.45%5.50%9.95%
Baton Rouge4.45%5.50%9.95%
Bayou Cane4.45%5.50%9.95%
Bossier City4.45%5.00%9.45%
Central4.45%6.00%10.45%
Chalmette4.45%5.00%9.45%
Estelle4.45%4.75%9.20%
Gretna4.45%4.75%9.20%
Hammond4.45%5.00%9.45%
Harvey4.45%4.75%9.20%
Houma4.45%5.50%9.95%
Kenner4.45%4.75%9.20%
Lafayette4.45%4.00%8.45%
Lake Charles4.45%5.75%10.20%
Laplace4.45%5.25%9.70%
Marrero4.45%4.75%9.20%
Metairie4.45%4.75%9.20%
Metairie Terrace4.45%4.75%9.20%
Monroe4.45%5.99%10.44%
Natchitoches4.45%5.50%9.95%
New Iberia4.45%5.00%9.45%
New Orleans4.45%5.00%9.45%
Opelousas4.45%5.75%10.20%
Prairieville4.45%4.50%8.95%
Ruston4.45%5.50%9.95%
Shenandoah4.45%5.99%10.44%
Shreveport4.45%4.60%9.05%
Slidell4.45%4.25%8.70%
Sulphur4.45%5.75%10.20%
Terrytown4.45%4.75%9.20%
Franklin4.45%4.00%8.45%
Franklinton4.45%5.50%9.95%

Those rates apply to the prices of all “tangible personal property” purchased in the state. That includes clothing, furniture, sporting goods and electronics. Select services are also taxable, such as admissions to athletic or amusement events, hotel rooms, parking services, laundry, repair services and telecommunications services.

On the other hand, a number of commonly purchased products are exempt from sales tax. Food for home consumption, prescription drugs, orthotic or prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and manufacturing machinery are all exempt—but only from the statewide rate. Local taxes may still be required, depending on the local rules.

As of July 2018, there is also a 2% sales tax on the use, distribution and storage of electric power, natural gas, steam, water and other energy sources. These were previously exempt from sales tax.

When making changes to the sales tax rates in 2018, Louisiana did away with its sales tax holidays for the next seven years.

Louisiana Property Tax

Property taxes in Louisiana are fairly low. In fact, the average homeowner there pays just $919 annually in property taxes, equal to an effective rate (annual taxes paid as a percentage of home value) of 0.53%. In several parishes, including Allen, Avoyelles and Madison, average property taxes are around $200 per year.

If you’re looking to refinance your home or make a move to the Pelican State, this mortgage guide is a good place to start to get the basics about getting a mortgage in Louisiana.

Louisiana Estate Tax

There is no estate tax in Louisiana.

Louisiana Capital Gains Tax

Both long- and short-term capital gains are taxed as regular income in Louisiana, meaning they're subject to the rates listed above. Remember, they are between 2% and 6%, depending on your taxable income. One exception to that is gains resulting from the sale of a non-publicly traded business or interest in such a business, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Louisiana Cigarette Tax

Louisiana’s state cigarette tax of $1.08 per pack of 20 cigarettes.

Louisiana Alcohol Tax

In addition to sales taxes, alcohol in Louisiana faces additional excise taxes. These add up to 40 cents per gallon of beer.

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  • The Mississippi River discharges at an average rate of between 200,000 and 700,000 cubic feet per second, over ten times the discharge of the Hudson River.
  • French is the second most widely spoken language in Louisiana.
  • The city of New Orleans is named after the Duke of Orleans, a regent under France’s King Louis XV.

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.

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Methodology

To find the places with the lowest tax burdens, SmartAsset calculated the amount of money a specific person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county in the country.

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 after taxes. This balance 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 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 calculate a total tax burden. Finally, each county was ranked and indexed, on a scale of 0 to100. The county with the lowest tax burden received a score of 100 and the remaining counties in the study were scored based on how closely their tax burden compares.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2018 American Community Survey, Government Sources, Avalara, American Petroleum Institute, GasBuddy, UMTRI, Federal Highway Administration, SmartAsset