South Carolina Income Tax Calculator

Estimate your South Carolina income tax burden

Updated for 2024 tax year on Feb 16, 2024

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South Carolina state taxes

Quick South Carolina tax facts

  • State income tax: 0% to 7%
  • State sales tax: 6%
  • Property tax: 0.57%
  • Gas tax: 28.75 cents per gallon
  • Tobacco tax: 57 cents per pack of cigarettes
  • Insurance premium tax: 1.25%
South Carolina United States

From Wikipedia

South Carolina income taxes

South Carolina uses a progressive income tax system with six tax brackets. The rates range from 0% to 7%, with the highest rate applying to taxable income over $16,040.

Employers in South Carolina are responsible for unemployment insurance taxes, the rate of which is determined by the employer’s experience rating and the health of the state’s unemployment fund. On the other hand, South Carolina does not have local income taxes, relieving residents of extra tax burdens at the city or county level.

South Carolina’s standard deduction aligns with that of the federal. It also provides a personal exemption for taxpayers and dependents.

Calculate your income tax in South Carolina

Calculating your South Carolina state income tax is similar to the steps we listed on our Federal income tax calculator:

  1. Determine your filing status
  2. Work out your adjusted gross income [Gross income − Retirement contributions = Adjusted gross income]
  3. Calculate your state taxable income [Adjusted gross income − (Standard/Itemized deductions + Exemptions) = State taxable income]
  4. Figure out your state/local tax liability [State taxable income × State tax rate = State tax liability]

State income tax brackets

Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Tax year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2023 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 - $3,330 0%
$3,330 - $16,680 3%
$16,680+ 7%
2022 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $3,200 0%
$3,200 – $6,410 3%
$6,410 – $9,620 4%
$9,620 – $12,820 5%
$12,820 – $16,040 6%
$16,040+ 7%
2021 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $3,070 0%
$3,070 – $6,150 3%
$6,150 – $9,230 4%
$9,230 – $12,310 5%
$12,310 – $15,400 6%
$15,400+ 7%
2020 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $3,030 0%
$3,030 – $6,060 3%
$6,060 – $9,090 4%
$9,090 – $12,120 5%
$12,120 – $15,160 6%
$15,160+ 7%

State standard deduction

Tax year Filing status Standard deduction amount
2023 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$13,850
Married, Filing Jointly $27,700
Head of Household $20,800
2022 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,950
Married, Filing Jointly $25,900
Head of Household $19,400
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,550
Married, Filing Jointly $25,100
Head of Household $18,800
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,200
Married, Filing Jointly $24,400
Head of Household $18,350

State exemptions

Tax year Filing status Personal exemption amount
2023 Dependent(s) $4,430
2022 Dependent(s) $4,300
2021 Dependent(s) $4,260
2020 Any $0

South Carolina sales tax

South Carolina has a state sales tax rate of 6%. However, counties can levy additional local option sales taxes, meaning actual rates can reach 7% or 8% depending on where you make your purchase.

South Carolina property tax

The median property tax rate in South Carolina is quite favorable, at 0.57% of a home’s assessed value.

South Carolina capital gains tax

Capital gains in South Carolina are treated as regular income for tax purposes and are therefore subject to the same rates as the state income tax.

South Carolina gas tax

South Carolina levies a gas tax of 28.75 cents per gallon.

South Carolina tobacco tax

South Carolina’s tobacco tax is relatively low compared to other states, at just 57 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes.

South Carolina insurance tax

Insurance companies conducting business in South Carolina are subject to a 1.25% tax on their net premiums written in the state.

FAQs

How do I calculate my South Carolina income tax?

Calculate your South Carolina state income tax with the following six steps.

  1. Determine your filing status
  2. Gross income − Retirement contributions = Adjusted gross income
  3. Adjusted gross income − (Standard/Itemized deductions + Exemptions) = State taxable income
  4. State taxable income × State tax rate = State tax liability

How much is $51000 a year after taxes in South Carolina?

With an annual salary of $51,000, a single filing South Carolinian will have a income tax of $10,195.10. His/her take home pay will be $40,804.90.