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Overview of Wisconsin Taxes

Wisconsin has a progressive state income tax. The average effective property tax rate in Wisconsin is the fifth-highest in the country. The statewide sales tax is 5%, but some counties charge an additional rate. Retired? Use our Retirement Income Tax Calculator.

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* These are the taxes owed for the 2019 - 2020 filing season.

Your 2019 Federal Income Tax Comparison

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  • Your effective federal income tax rate
  • Your federal income taxes

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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 Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Tax Quick Facts

  • Income tax: 3.86% - 7.65%
  • Sales tax: 5% - 5.6%
  • Property tax: 1.94% average effective rate
  • Gas tax: 32.9 cents per gallon of regular gasoline and diesel

Wisconsin taxpayers have some of the highest income and property taxes in the country. Menominee County actually has the highest effective property tax rate in the U.S., at 3.78%. On the other hand, the average sales tax in the state (when you combine all state and local rates) is one of the lowest in the nation.

A financial advisor in Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin Income Taxes

There is a statewide income tax in Wisconsin. That tax is applied based on income brackets, with rates increasing for higher amounts of income. The table below shows tax rates as of tax year 2019 (filed in early 2020) and their respective brackets for a filer in Wisconsin.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $11,7603.86%
$11,760 - $23,5205.04%
$23,520 - $258,9506.27%
$258,950+7.65%
Married, Filing Jointly
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,6803.86%
$15,680 - $31,3605.04%
$31,360 - $345,2706.27%
$345,270+7.65%
Married, Filing Separately
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $7,8403.86%
$7,840 - $15,6805.04%
$15,680 - $172,6306.27%
$172,630+7.65%
Head of Household
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $11,7603.86%
$11,760 - $23,5205.04%
$23,520 - $258,9506.27%
$258,950+7.65%

These rates are based on Wisconsin taxable income, which includes adjustments for deductions and exclusions. The standard deduction in Wisconsin depends on a taxpayer’s filing status and income level. Above a certain level, deductions decline steadily, until, for incomes above a certain level, there is no deduction.

If you claimed (or could have claimed) federal itemized deductions totaling more than your Wisconsin standard deduction, you may be eligible for the itemized deduction credit. This is equal to 5% of the difference between eligible federal itemized deductions and your Wisconsin standard deduction. Eligible federal deductions are interest paid, gifts to charity, medical and dental expenses and casualty losses (if the loss is related to a federally-declared disaster).

Wisconsin Sales Tax

The statewide sales tax in Wisconsin is 5%. Local taxes of 0.5% are collected in 67 Wisconsin counties. In five counties, there is an additional Stadium Tax of 0.1%. So, in practice, sales tax rates in the state range from 5% to 5.6%. The table below shows the sales taxes in all 71 Wisconsin counties.

Sales Tax Rates(Updated January 2020)

CountyState RateCounty RateTotal Sales Tax
Adams5.00%0.50%5.50%
Ashland5.00%0.50%5.50%
Barron5.00%0.50%5.50%
Bayfield5.00%0.50%5.50%
Brown5.00%0.50%5.50%
Buffalo5.00%0.50%5.50%
Burnett5.00%0.50%5.50%
Calumet5.00%0.50%5.50%
Chippewa5.00%0.50%5.50%
Clark5.00%0.50%5.50%
Columbia5.00%0.50%5.50%
Crawford5.00%0.50%5.50%
Dane5.00%0.50%5.50%
Dodge5.00%0.50%5.50%
Door5.00%0.50%5.50%
Douglas5.00%0.50%5.50%
Dunn5.00%0.50%5.50%
Eau Claire5.00%0.50%5.50%
Florence5.00%0.50%5.50%
Fond du Lac5.00%0.50%5.50%
Forest5.00%0.50%5.50%
Grant5.00%0.50%5.50%
Green5.00%0.50%5.50%
Green Lake5.00%0.50%5.50%
Iowa5.00%0.50%5.50%
Iron5.00%0.50%5.50%
Jackson5.00%0.50%5.50%
Jefferson5.00%0.50%5.50%
Juneau5.00%0.50%5.50%
Kenosha5.00%0.50%5.50%
Kewaunee5.00%0.50%5.50%
La Crosse5.00%0.50%5.50%
Lafayette5.00%0.50%5.50%
Langlade5.00%0.50%5.50%
Lincoln5.00%0.50%5.50%
Manitowoc5.00%0.00%5.00%
Marathon5.00%0.50%5.50%
Marinette5.00%0.50%5.50%
Marquette5.00%0.50%5.50%
Menominee5.00%0.00%5.00%
Milwaukee5.00%0.60%5.60%
Monroe5.00%0.50%5.50%
Oconto5.00%0.50%5.50%
Oneida5.00%0.50%5.50%
Outagamie5.00%0.00%5.50%
Ozaukee5.00%0.60%5.60%
Pepin5.00%0.50%5.50%
Pierce5.00%0.50%5.50%
Polk5.00%0.50%5.50%
Portage5.00%0.50%5.50%
Price5.00%0.50%5.50%
Racine5.00%0.10%5.10%
Richland5.00%0.50%5.50%
Rock5.00%0.50%5.50%
Rusk5.00%0.50%5.50%
St. Croix5.00%0.50%5.50%
Sauk5.00%0.50%5.50%
Sawyer5.00%0.50%5.50%
Shawano5.00%0.50%5.50%
Sheboygan5.00%0.50%5.50%
Taylor5.00%0.50%5.50%
Trempealeau5.00%0.50%5.50%
Vernon5.00%0.50%5.50%
Vilas5.00%0.50%5.50%
Walworth5.00%0.50%5.50%
Washburn5.00%0.50%5.50%
Washington5.00%0.60%5.60%
Waukesha5.00%0.10%5.10%
Waupaca5.00%0.50%5.50%
Waushara5.00%0.50%5.50%
Winnebago5.00%0.00%5.00%
Wood5.00%0.50%5.50%

Sales tax in Wisconsin applies to most goods, including clothing, computers and electronic downloads. It also applies to certain services, including admissions tickets (e.g. to movies or sporting events), cable television, internet access, landscaping, laundry services and hotel room rentals.

However, several types of products are exempt from sales tax. Food and food ingredients are not taxable, except for prepared food, candy and soft drinks. Prescription drugs are exempt, as are newspapers, caskets and water delivered through mains. Electricity and natural gas are not taxable during the winter, defined as November through April.

Wisconsin Property Tax

Wisconsin homeowners pay some of the highest property taxes in the country. The median amount of property taxes paid is around $3,286 annually. The average effective property tax rate in Wisconsin is 1.94%, which is the fifth-highest in the U.S. Around a dozen of the state’s 72 counties pay an effective property tax rate over 2%, with homeowners in Menominee County paying a staggering 3.78%.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in the Badger State or want to refinance an existing loan, take a look at our Wisconsin mortgage guide for details on rates and the various types of mortgages you’ll be deciding between.

Wisconsin Cigarette Tax

Cigarettes are taxed at $2.52 per pack in Wisconsin. This is the 12th-highest cigarette tax in the country.

Wisconsin Mobile Home Tax

Also called “manufactured homes,” mobile homes used as a dwelling (and not just on road-trips) receive a 35% sales tax exemption, which means the remaining 65% is taxed at the full sales tax rate.

Wisconsin Gas Tax

Wisconsin is one of several states that taxes regular gasoline and diesel fuel at the same rate - both at 32.9 cents per gallon. Those are the 21st- and 20th-highest gas and diesel tax rates in the country, respectively.

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  • Wisconsin is called America’s Dairyland, and with good reason. The state produces over 25% of all U.S. cheese. This is more than any country outside the U.S. besides Germany and France.
  • Approximately one third of the population of Wisconsin lives in the greater Milwaukee area.
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin is the smallest city by population to have its own NFL team.

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