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Overview of West Virginia Taxes

West Virginia has a progressive income tax. Homeowners in the state pay the eighth-lowest average effective property tax rate in the country. The statewide sales tax rate in West Virginia is 6%, but some cities charge up to an additional 1%. Retired? Use our Retirement Income Tax Calculator.

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* These are the taxes owed for the 2019 - 2020 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 2019 - 2020 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 West Virginia

West Virginia State Tax Quick Facts

  • Income tax: 3% - 6.5%
  • Sales tax: 6% - 7%
  • Property tax: 0.59% average effective rate
  • Gas tax: 35.7 cents per gallon of regular gasoline and diesel

The state of West Virginia has both a state sales tax and a state income tax, along with some of the lowest property taxes in the U.S. The income tax consists of five brackets with rates from 3% to 6.5%. The sales tax is 6% statewide, with a handful of cities collecting additional local taxes of either 0.5% or 1%. West Virginian homeowners, meanwhile, pay an average effective property tax rate of just 0.59%, the eighth-lowest rate in the country.

A financial advisor in West Virginia can help you understand how 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.

West Virginia Income Taxes

Taxpayers in West Virginia must pay federal and state income taxes. The state income tax has a similar structure to the federal tax, albeit with fewer brackets and significantly lower rates. The table below shows the rates and brackets for all filing statuses in West Virginia.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $25,0004.00%
$25,000 - $40,0004.50%
$40,000 - $60,0006.00%
$60,000+6.50%
Married Filing Jointly
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $25,0004.00%
$25,000 - $40,0004.50%
$40,000 - $60,0006.00%
$60,000+6.50%
Married, Filing Separately
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $5,0003.00%
$5,000 - $12,5004.00%
$12,500 - $20,0004.50%
$20,000 - $30,0006.00%
$30,000+6.50%
Head of Household
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $25,0004.00%
$25,000 - $40,0004.50%
$40,000 - $60,0006.00%
$60,000+6.50%

To determine your taxes due, apply the above rates to your West Virginia taxable income, which is derived from federal adjusted gross income (AGI). To calculate it, you first make a number of additions and subtractions, which are listed on West Virginia schedule M.

Possible modifications include subtractions for retirement benefits from the West Virginia Teachers’ Retirement System or Public Employees’ Retirement System; contributions to the West Virginia Prepaid Tuition/Savings Plan Trust Funds; active duty military pay; a subtraction of $8,000 for persons who are over 65 or disabled; and between $25 and $1,200 for the West Virginia “EZ PASS” deduction.

After all modifications have been made to AGI, you can subtract the West Virginia Earned Income Exclusion (if applicable) and all exemptions to arrive at taxable income. The West Virginia exemption is $2,000 for each exemption claimed federally and an additional exemption if you are a surviving spouse.

Social Security income is not specifically exempted from taxation in West Virginia. Any Social Security benefits that are taxed federally will also be subject to the West Virginia income tax.

West Virginia Sales Tax

The West Virginia state sales tax rate is 6%. In addition to that state rate, a number of cities collect local sales tax of 0.5% or 1%. The table below shows the state and city rates for the cities in West Virginia that collect a local sales tax.

Sales Tax Rates(Updated January 2020)

CityState RateCity RateTotal Sales Tax
Athens6.00%1.00%7.00%
Beckley6.00%1.00%7.00%
Bluefield6.00%1.00%7.00%
Bolivar6.00%1.00%7.00%
Bridgeport6.00%1.00%7.00%
CharlesTown6.00%1.00%7.00%
Charleston6.00%1.00%7.00%
Clarksburg6.00%1.00%7.00%
Davis6.00%1.00%7.00%
Dunbar6.00%1.00%7.00%
Elizabeth6.00%1.00%7.00%
Elkins6.00%1.00%7.00%
Fairmont6.00%1.00%7.00%
Follansbee6.00%1.00%7.00%
Grafton6.00%1.00%7.00%
HarpersFerry6.00%1.00%7.00%
Harrisville6.00%1.00%7.00%
Huntington6.00%1.00%7.00%
Kingwood6.00%1.00%7.00%
Martinsburg6.00%1.00%7.00%
Milton6.00%1.00%7.00%
Moorefield6.00%0.50%6.50%
Moundsville6.00%1.00%7.00%
NewCumberland6.00%1.00%7.00%
Nitro6.00%1.00%7.00%
Parkersburg6.00%1.00%7.00%
Pennsboro6.00%1.00%7.00%
Princeton6.00%1.00%7.00%
Quinwood6.00%1.00%7.00%
Ranson6.00%1.00%7.00%
Romney6.00%1.00%7.00%
Rupert6.00%1.00%7.00%
SaintAlbans6.00%1.00%7.00%
Shepherdstown6.00%1.00%7.00%
Sistersville6.00%1.00%7.00%
SouthCharleston6.00%1.00%7.00%
Thomas6.00%1.00%7.00%
Vienna6.00%1.00%7.00%
Wayne6.00%1.00%7.00%
Weirton6.00%1.00%7.00%
Weston6.00%1.00%7.00%
Wheeling6.00%1.00%7.00%
WhiteHall6.00%1.00%7.00%
Williamstown6.00%1.00%7.00%

Cities not shown in this table do not have a municipal tax and thus the total rate paid in those cities is 6%. There are no counties that charge additional sales tax.

While the rates above apply to most retail sales and some services, there are quite a few exceptions. As of July 1, 2013, groceries are not taxed in West Virginia. Prescription drugs, newspapers, motor vehicles and textbooks are also exempt from sales tax.

Exempt services include child care services, fitness clubs, personal services (hairstyling, massages, etc.) and professional services (doctors, lawyers, architects, etc.).

West Virginia Property Tax

If you’re thinking about buying a home in West Virginia, there’s good news: The Mountain State has some of the lowest property taxes in the country. The average homeowner in West Virginia pays just $653 annually in property taxes. That’s the second-lowest median property tax payment in the U.S. However, since West Virginia’s average home values are also relatively low, the state’s property tax rates rank slightly higher. The average effective property tax rate here is 0.59%, eighth-lowest in the country.

Our West Virginia mortgage guide can help make the process of getting a mortgage a bit easier by putting all the important information about getting a mortgage in West Virginia onto one convenient page. There’s also information for those looking to refinance a property in the state.

West Virginia Gas Tax

State fuel taxes in West Virginia rank toward the top when compared to all U.S. states. The tax on gasoline is 35.7 cents per gallon, 16th-highest in the country. The state tax on diesel fuel is also 35.7 cents per gallon. That also ranks as the 16th-highest state diesel tax.

West Virginia Cigarette Tax

West Virginia nearly doubled its cigarette tax in 2016. The rate has increased slightly since then and now sits at $1.20 for a pack of 20 cigarettes. That is still below average, though.

West Virginia Alcohol Tax

In West Virginia, the state government controls the sale of alcohol. That can add up to significant revenue for the state. All alcohol sold is subject to markups and an excise tax that varies depending on the type of alcohol. For beer, the excise tax is low, at just 18 cents per gallon. The tax on liquor is $7.67 per gallon.

Keep in mind, however, that the general sales tax rates of 6% to 7% (described in further detail above) still applies on top of those excise taxes (which are included in the price of alcohol).

West Virginia Estate Tax

There is no estate tax in West Virginia. Up until 2005, there was an estate tax based on the federal estate tax. It has since been phased out. Estates and inheritances are no longer taxed at the state level in West Virginia. You may still need to pay federal estate tax.

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  • West Virginia gained statehood during the Civil War, when it seceded from Virginia to join the Union.
  • Coal is West Virginia’s largest export. The state is the leading producer of coal in the U.S.
  • The state motto of West Virginia is montani semper liberi, which means “mountaineers are always free.”

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 calculate a total tax burden. Finally, we created the Tax Burden Index in order to show how each county in the country compares to the county with the lowest tax burden (that is the county with a Tax Burden Index of 100).

Sources: US Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey, Government Sources, Avalara, American Petroleum Institute, GasBuddy, UMTRI, Federal Highway Administration, SmartAsset