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The facts on Iowa’s Tax Climate

Iowa's Individual Income Tax System
Iowa's individual income tax system consists of nine brackets with a top rate of 8.98%. The top rate ranks 4th highest among states levying an individual income tax. Iowa's state and local tax collections per person were $1,145 in 2013, which ranked 17th highest nationally.
50-State Table of Individual Income Tax Rates

Iowa's Corporate Income Tax System
Iowa's corporate income tax system consists of four brackets with a top rate of 12%. The top rate ranks 1st highest among states levying a corporate income tax. Iowa's state and local corporate income tax collections per person were $139 in 2013 which ranked 21st highest nationally.
50-State Table of Corporate Income Tax Rates

Iowa Sales and Excise Taxes
Iowa levies a 6% general sales or use tax on consumers, which is above the national median of 5.95%. The average local sales tax rate is an additional 0.8%. Iowa's state and local governments collect $913 per person in general sales taxes and $430 per person in excise taxes, for a combined figure of $1,343, which ranks 34th highest nationally. Iowa's gasoline tax stands at 32 cents per gallon, 14th highest nationally, while its cigarette tax stands at $1.36, 27th highest nationally.
50-State Table of State and Local Sales Tax Rates

Iowa Property Tax Collections Relatively High
Iowa's state and local governments collected approximately $1,515 per person in property taxes in 2013, which ranks 16th nationally.
 

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Tax Freedom Day Arrives on April 14th in Iowa

Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans have finally earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year. In 2016, Iowa taxpayers have to work until April 14th (14th earliest nationally) to pay their total tax bill.

Iowa's State and Local Tax Burden Ranks 31st

Iowa's 2012 tax burden of 9.2% ranks 31st highest in the nation, and is below the national average of 9.9%. Iowa's taxpayers pay $4,037 per capita in state and local taxes.
Iowa's State-Local Tax Burden, 1977-Present
Other States' State/Local Tax Burdens

Iowa's 2016 Business Tax Climate Index Ranks 40th

Iowa ranks 40th on the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes (49th), individual income taxes (32nd), sales taxes (24th), unemployment insurance taxes (34th), and taxes on property (40th), including residential and commercial property.
State Business Tax Climate Index (full study)

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