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Each state’s tax code is a multifaceted system with many moving parts, and California is no exception. The first step towards understanding California’s tax code is knowing the basics.
How does California rank? Below, we have highlighted a number of tax rates, ranks, and measures detailing California’s income tax, business tax, sales tax, and property tax systems. Click the tabs below to explore!
Top Individual Income Tax Rate
State and Local Individual Income Tax Collections per Capita
State and Local Tax Burden
Top Corporate Income Tax Rate
State Business Tax Climate Index Ranking
State Sales Tax Rate
Average Local Sales Tax Rate
Combined State and Average Local Sales Tax Rate
State and Local General Sales Tax Collections per Capita
State Gasoline Tax Rate (cents per gallon)
State Cigarette Tax Rate (dollars per 20-pack)
Property Taxes Paid as a Percentage of Owner-Occupied Housing Value
State and Local Property Tax Collections Per Capita
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