9. South Carolina

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State income tax: 3%-7%

State sales tax: 6%

Gas taxes and fees: $0.17 cents per gallon

The Palmetto State’s top income tax rate of 7% kicks in once taxable income exceeds $14,400.

Groceries and some cold prepared foods, prescription drugs, dental prosthetics and hearing aids are exempt from state sales taxes. Localities can add up to 3% in sales taxes.                                               (Jamie Sanford via Creative Commons/Flickr)

But the state’s gas tax is well below the national average at 17 cents per gallon.

In addition to the state sales tax, South Carolina levies an annual tax on vehicles. Rates are set by counties. The average annual tax for a vehicle valued at $10,000 is $268.

Property taxes are among the lowest in the U.S. The median property tax on the state’s median home value of $137,500 is $689, according to the Tax Foundation.

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