West Virginia

Sales Tax

  • Statewide: 6.0%
  • Counties can levy an additional sales tax of no more than 1.0%
  • Current average sales tax (with local taxes included): 6.25%
  • Common Exceptions at State Level:
    • Prescription Medicine: Exempt
    • Unprepared Foods: Exempt
  • Gasoline Tax: 54.10 cents/gallon (Includes all state, local, and federal taxes)
  • Diesel Fuel Tax: 60.10 cents/gallon (Includes all state, local, and federal taxes)

Personal Income Tax

  • Personal Income Tax Rate Range: Five brackets from 2.36% to 5.12% (on income over $60,000)
  • Standard deduction: None
  • Personal Exemption Allowance: $2,000. Dependent Exemption: $2,000
  • Itemized Deductions Allowed?: Yes, subject to limitations.
  • Retirement Income
    • Social Security: Exempt
    • 401Ks/Defined contribution employer retirement plans: Taxable at ordinary income rates*
    • Private pensions: Taxable at ordinary income tax rates*
    • Public Pensions: Up to $2,000 exempt on in-state or federal pensions; remainder is taxable at ordinary income tax rates.* Police, sheriff, and firefighter pensions exempt.
  • Military Pay
    • Active Duty Pay: National Guard and reservist pay is exempt.
    • Military Retirement Pay: Exempt
    • Military Disability Pay: Exempt
    • VA Dependency & Indemnity Compensation Benefits: Exempt
Income tax comments: *Exemption of income of up to $8,000 may be available if 65 and over or 100% disabled. Some municipalities charge payroll, income, or interest and dividend taxes.


Property Tax

  • Local municipalities average 0.59% of the property's assessed value.
  • Calculation of assessed value: 60% of fair market value
  • Relief programs for:
    • 65 and Over or Disabled: Reduction of up to $20,000 of assessed value is available if meet certain income requirements. Deferral programs also available.
    • Low-Income: If property tax is over 4% of income, may receive credit for amount over 4%. Maximum credit is $1,000.
  • Personal Property Tax: Yes. Rates and exemptions vary.


Inheritance & Estate Taxes: None


Department of Revenue website: https://revenue.wv.gov/

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