Taxes in California

California Tax Rates, Collections, and Burdens

How does California’s tax code compare? California has a graduated state individual income tax, with rates ranging from 1.00 percent to 13.30 percent. There is also a jurisdiction that collects local income taxes. California has a 8.84 percent corporate income tax rate. California has a 7.25 percent state sales tax rate, a max local sales tax rate of 2.50 percent, and an average combined state and local sales tax rate of 8.82 percent. California’s tax system ranks 48th overall on our 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index.

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 collect tax revenue? Click the tabs below to learn more! You can also explore our state tax maps, which are compiled from our annual publication, Facts & Figures: How Does Your State Compare?

Top Individual Income Tax Rate

13.3%

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State and Local Individual Income Tax Collections per Capita

$2411

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State and Local Tax Burden

13.5%

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Top Corporate Income Tax Rate

8.84%

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State Business Tax Climate Index Ranking

48

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State Sales Tax Rate

7.25%

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Average Local Sales Tax Rate

1.57%

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Combined State and Average Local Sales Tax Rate

8.82%

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State and Local General Sales Tax Collections per Capita

$1465

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State Gasoline Tax Rate (cents per gallon)

68.15¢

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State Cigarette Tax Rate (dollars per 20-pack)

$2.87

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Property Taxes Paid as a Percentage of Owner-Occupied Housing Value

0.73%

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State and Local Property Tax Collections Per Capita

$1840

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