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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 rates (including local and state) in the Bayou State are the third highest in the country. Meanwhile, the average effective property tax rate is the third lowest in the country. Retired? Use our Retirement Income Tax Calculator.

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Louisiana state tax quick facts
  • Income tax: 2% - 6%
  • Sales tax: 5% - 11%
  • Property tax: 0.51% average effective rate
  • Gas tax: 20.01 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 nearly 10%, the highest rate in the country. 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 0.51%, third lowest in the country. Below we’ll outline all the details on how taxes in the Bayou State might impact your wallet.

Louisiana Income Tax

Like the federal income tax, the Louisiana state income tax is based on income brackets, with marginal rates increasing as incomes increase. There are three income brackets, as shown in the table below.

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 as the 20th highest in the U.S., while the bottom rate of 2% is the 23rd highest bottom rate. Those rates apply to Louisiana taxable income, which is calculated based on federal adjusted gross income (AGI), plus additional sources of income that are taxable in Louisiana, and minus 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. Consider hiring a professional accountant or looking into the best tax software to help file your returns.

Louisiana has a combined personal exemption-standard deduction 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 5%, which alone would be among the lowest in the nation. Unfortunately for Louisiana consumers, that base rate is augmented by significant county (which in Louisiana is called a parish) 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 January 2018)

ParishState RateParish RateTotal Sales Tax
Acadia5.00%4.25%9.25%
Allen5.00%4.70%9.70%
Ascension5.00%4.50%9.50%
Assumption5.00%5.00%10.00%
Avoyelles5.00%3.25%8.25%
Beauregard5.00%4.75%9.75%
Bienville5.00%3.00%8.00%
Bossier5.00%4.25%9.25%
Caddo5.00%3.35%8.35%
Calcasieu5.00%5.75%10.75%
Caldwell5.00%5.00%10.00%
Cameron5.00%0.00%5.00%
Catahoula5.00%6.00%11.00%
Claiborne5.00%3.63%8.63%
Concordia5.00%4.75%9.75%
De Soto5.00%4.00%9.00%
East Baton Rouge5.00%5.00%10.00%
East Carroll5.00%5.00%10.00%
East Feliciana5.00%5.00%10.00%
Evangeline5.00%5.00%10.00%
Franklin5.00%4.00%9.00%
Grant5.00%4.00%9.00%
Iberia5.00%3.25%8.25%
Iberville5.00%5.00%10.00%
Jackson5.00%0.00%5.00%
Jefferson5.00%4.75%9.75%
Jefferson Davis5.00%5.00%10.00%
Lafayette5.00%4.00%9.00%
Lafourche5.00%0.00%5.00%
LaSalle5.00%3.50%8.50%
Lincoln5.00%3.25%8.25%
Livingston5.00%4.00%9.00%
Madison5.00%3.50%8.50%
Morehouse5.00%0.00%5.00%
Natchitoches5.00%3.50%8.50%
Orleans5.00%5.00%10.00%
Ouachita5.00%5.99%10.99%
Plaquemines5.00%4.50%9.50%
Pointe Coupee5.00%4.00%9.00%
Rapides5.00%3.50%8.50%
Red River5.00%4.50%9.50%
Richland5.00%4.00%9.00%
Sabine5.00%0.00%5.00%
St. Bernard5.00%5.00%10.00%
St. Charles5.00%5.00%10.00%
St. Helena5.00%5.00%10.00%
St. James5.00%3.50%8.50%
St. John the Baptist5.00%5.00%10.00%
St. Landry5.00%5.55%10.55%
St. Martin5.00%0.00%5.00%
St. Mary5.00%0.00%5.00%
St. Tammany5.00%0.00%5.00%
Tangipahoa5.00%3.00%8.00%
Tensas5.00%5.25%10.25%
Terrebonne5.00%5.50%10.50%
Union5.00%5.00%10.00%
Vermilion5.00%3.75%8.75%
Vernon5.00%4.00%9.00%
Washington5.00%4.83%9.83%
Webster5.00%3.00%8.00%
West Baton Rouge5.00%5.00%10.00%
West Carroll5.00%5.00%10.00%
West Feliciana5.00%5.00%10.00%
Winn5.00%4.00%9.00%
CityState RateParish + City RateTotal Sales Tax
Abbeville5.00%3.75%8.75%
Addis5.00%5.00%10.00%
Alexandria5.00%5.50%10.50%
Amite City5.00%5.50%10.50%
Arcadia5.00%5.50%10.50%
Baker5.00%5.50%10.50%
Ball5.00%5.50%10.50%
Bastrop5.00%5.50%10.50%
Baton Rouge5.00%5.00%10.00%
Berwick5.00%4.00%9.00%
Blanchard5.00%5.35%10.35%
Bogalusa5.00%5.49%10.49%
Bossier City5.00%5.00%10.00%
Breaux Bridge5.00%0.00%5.00%
Broussard5.00%4.50%9.50%
Bunkie5.00%5.25%10.25%
Carencro5.00%4.00%9.00%
Central5.00%5.50%10.50%
Church Point5.00%5.25%10.25%
Cottonport5.00%4.25%9.25%
Covington5.00%4.75%9.75%
Crowley5.00%5.50%10.50%
Delhi5.00%6.00%11.00%
Denham Springs5.00%5.50%10.50%
DeQuincy5.00%5.75%10.75%
DeRidder5.00%5.00%10.00%
Donaldsonville5.00%4.50%9.50%
Eunice5.00%5.75%10.75%
Farmerville5.00%7.00%12.00%
Ferriday5.00%4.75%9.75%
Franklin5.00%4.00%9.00%
Franklinton5.00%5.50%10.50%
Gonzales5.00%4.50%9.50%
Grambling5.00%5.25%10.25%
Gramercy5.00%3.50%8.50%
Greenwood5.00%4.35%9.35%
Gretna5.00%4.75%9.75%
Hammond5.00%5.00%10.00%
Harahan5.00%4.75%9.75%
Haughton5.00%5.25%10.25%
Homer5.00%6.00%11.00%
Houma5.00%5.50%10.50%
Iowa5.00%5.75%10.75%
Jackson5.00%5.00%10.00%
Jeanerette5.00%4.50%9.50%
Jena5.00%4.50%9.50%
Jennings5.00%5.50%10.50%
Jonesboro5.00%0.00%5.00%
Kaplan5.00%3.75%8.75%
Kenner5.00%4.75%9.75%
Lafayette5.00%4.00%9.00%
Lake Charles5.00%5.75%10.75%
Lake Providence5.00%7.00%12.00%
Leesville5.00%5.50%10.50%
Lutcher5.00%3.50%8.50%
Mamou5.00%5.00%10.00%
Mandeville5.00%5.25%10.25%
Mansfield5.00%5.50%10.50%
Marksville5.00%5.25%10.25%
Minden5.00%5.50%10.50%
Monroe5.00%5.99%10.99%
Morgan City5.00%4.30%9.30%
Natchitoches5.00%5.00%10.00%
New Iberia5.00%4.50%9.50%
New Orleans5.00%5.00%10.00%
New Roads5.00%5.00%10.00%
Oakdale5.00%6.00%11.00%
Opelousas5.00%5.75%10.75%
Patterson5.00%4.00%9.00%
Pineville5.00%5.50%10.50%
Plaquemine5.00%5.00%10.00%
Ponchatoula5.00%5.00%10.00%
Port Allen5.00%5.00%10.00%
Rayne5.00%5.00%10.00%
Rayville5.00%5.50%10.50%
Richwood5.00%5.50%10.50%
Ruston5.00%5.50%10.50%
Scott5.00%4.00%9.00%
Shreveport5.00%4.60%9.60%
Slidell5.00%4.75%9.75%
Springhill5.00%5.50%10.50%
St. Gabriel5.00%5.00%10.00%
St. Martinville5.00%0.00%5.00%
Sulphur5.00%5.75%10.75%
Sunset5.00%5.55%10.55%
Tallulah5.00%5.50%10.50%
Thibodaux5.00%4.95%9.95%
Vidalia5.00%4.75%9.75%
Ville Platte5.00%5.00%10.00%
Vinton5.00%5.75%10.75%
Vivian5.00%5.35%10.35%
Walker5.00%5.50%10.50%
Welsh5.00%5.00%10.00%
West Monroe5.00%5.99%10.99%
Westlake5.00%5.75%10.75%
Westwego5.00%4.75%9.75%
Winnfield5.00%4.00%9.00%
Winnsboro5.00%6.00%11.00%
Youngsville5.00%5.50%10.50%
Zachary5.00%5.00%10.00%

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, utilities (electricity, natural gas and water), 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.

Louisiana has one across-the-board sales tax holiday, during which nearly all products that are normally subject to sales tax can be purchased free of the 5% state sales tax (again, local rates may still apply). The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. The sales tax holiday does not apply to services that are typically taxed.

Louisiana also has two sales tax holidays for specific purchases. In May, Louisiana has a Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. It lasts 24 hours and allows residents to buy items such as flashlights, batteries and emergency supplies at a reduced sales tax rate. In 2009 Louisiana also created the Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday. It lasts one full weekend and consumer purchases of selects firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies are subject to a decreased sales tax.

Louisiana Property Tax

If you dislike paying property taxes on your home, Louisiana may be the place to go. The average homeowner there pays just $750 annually in property taxes, equal to an effective rate (annual taxes paid as a percentage of home value) of 0.51%. That is the third lowest effective property tax rate in the country. In several parishes, including Allen, Franklin and Webster, average property taxes are less than $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.

Calculate Your Property Taxes: Louisiana Property Tax Calculator

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 and subject to the rates listed above - between 2% and 4%, depending on total 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 is the 17th-lowest rate in the U.S.

Louisiana Alcohol Tax

In addition to sales taxes, alcohol in Louisiana faces additional excise taxes. These add up to 32 cents per gallon of beer, the 19th-highest beer tax in the country.

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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

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.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Government Sources, Avalara, American Petroleum Institute, GasBuddy, UMTRI, Federal Highway Administration, SmartAsset