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How does South Carolina’s tax code compare? South Carolina has a graduated individual income tax, with rates ranging from 0.00 percent to 7.00 percent. South Carolina also has a 5.00 percent corporate income tax rate. South Carolina has a 6.00 percent state sales tax rate, a max local sales tax rate of 3.00 percent, and an average combined state and local sales tax rate of 7.44 percent. South Carolina’s tax system ranks 31st overall on our 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index.
Each state’s tax code is a multifaceted system with many moving parts, and South Carolina is no exception. The first step towards understanding South Carolina’s tax code is knowing the basics. 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
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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