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By Rachel Cooper. Washington, DC Expert

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Taxes in DC are levied on a variety of items, including income, property and retail sales items. According to numbers crunched by the nonprofit Tax Foundation, DC’s local tax burden is 9.6%, ranking DC in the bottom third of all states. Here is a breakdown of the types of taxes collected in


DC Income Tax

  • 6 percent on taxable income between $10,001 and $40,000
  • 8.5 percent on taxable income of $40,001 and above.

Income from Social Security and up to $3,000 of military retired pay, pension income or annuity income is excluded.

For 2014, the standard deduction is $4,000 for a single individual, head of household, surviving spouse, or married person filing jointly. For a married person filing separately or a registered domestic partner, the standard deduction is $2,000.

The mailing address for the D-40 and D-40EZ individual income tax returns is Office of Tax and Revenue, PO Box 7182, Washington, DC 20044-7182. If mailing a refund or no payment return, mail to the Office of Tax and Revenue, PO Box 209, Washington, DC 20044-0209.

DC Sales Tax

DC imposes a 5.75% sales tax on taxable goods and services (exemptions from sales tax include groceries, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and residential utility services).

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