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Overview of Wisconsin Taxes

Wisconsin has a progressive income tax. Tax cuts will be lowering both income and property taxes in the state. The new average effective property tax rate in Wisconsin will still be 6th 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 will be the taxes owed for the 2018 - 2019 filing season.

Under the Trump Tax Plan (2018-2019 filing season), your Federal Income Tax will be and your FICA will be .

Changes to Your Federal Income
Taxes Under the Trump Tax Plan

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

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Wisconsin state tax quick facts
  • Income tax: 4% - 7.65%
  • Sales tax: 5% - 5.6%
  • Property tax: 1.95% 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 3.98%. On the other hand, the average sales tax in the state (when you combine all state and local rates) is the eighth-lowest in the nation. Below we take a closer look what you can expect to pay if you’re a resident of the Badger State.

Wisconsin Income Tax

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 2017 and their respective brackets for a filers in Wisconsin.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $11,2304.00%
$11,230 - $22,4705.84%
$22,470 - $247,3506.27%
$247,350+7.65%
Married, Filing Jointly
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $14,9804.00%
$14,980 - $29,9605.84%
$29,960 - $329,8106.27%
$329,810+7.65%
Married, Filing Separately
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $7,4904.00%
$7,490 - $14,9805.84%
$14,980 - $164,9006.27%
$164,900+7.65%
Head of Household
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $11,2304.00%
$11,230 - $22,4705.84%
$22,470 - $247,3506.27%
$247,350+7.65%

Those rates are based on Wisconsin taxable income, which includes 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). You can look into tax preparation software like TurboTax and H&R Block to help you with filing taxes.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

The statewide sales tax in Wisconsin is 5%. Local taxes of 0.5% are collected in 64 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 sales tax in all 72 Wisconsin counties. (Note that Calumet is scheduled to increase its sales tax rate to 5.5% on 1 April 2018.)

Sales Tax Rates (Updated January 2018)

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%0.00%5.00%
Chippewa5.00%0.50%5.50%
Clark 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Columbia 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Crawford 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Dane 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Dodge 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Door 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Douglas 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Dunn 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Eau Claire 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Florence 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Fond du Lac 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Forest 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Grant 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Green 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Green Lake 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Iowa 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Iron 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Jackson 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Jefferson 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Juneau 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Kenosha 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Kewaunee 5.00%0.50%5.50%
La Crosse 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Lafayette 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Langlade 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Lincoln 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Manitowoc 5.00%0.00%5.00%
Marathon 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Marinette 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Marquette 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Menominee 5.00%0.00%5.00%
Milwaukee 5.00%0.60%5.60%
Monroe 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Oconto 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Oneida 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Outagamie 5.00%0.00%5.00%
Ozaukee 5.00%0.60%5.60%
Pepin 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Pierce 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Polk 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Portage 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Price 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Racine 5.00%0.10%5.10%
Richland 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Rock 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Rusk 5.00%0.50%5.50%
St. Croix 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Sauk 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Sawyer 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Shawano 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Sheboygan 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Taylor 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Trempealeau 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Vernon 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Vilas 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Walworth 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Washburn 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Washington 5.00%0.60%5.60%
Waukesha 5.00%0.10%5.10%
Waupaca 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Waushara 5.00%0.50%5.50%
Winnebago 5.00%0.00%5.00%
Wood 5.00%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 average household pays around $3,257 annually in property taxes (ninth-highest in the country). The average effective property tax rate in Wisconsin is 1.95%, which is the fifth-highest in the country. Twelve of the state’s 72 counties pay an effective property tax rate over 2%, with homeowners in Menominee County paying nearly 4%.

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, which 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

Regular gasoline and diesel fuel are taxed at a rate of 32.9 cents per gallon. Those are both the 18th-highest rates in the country.

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  • 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

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