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?


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