State Taxes

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State Taxes

Common questions covered here
What state has the highest long-term capital gains tax rate?
What is the difference between ordinary income tax and long-term capital gains tax?
Can I move to another state to avoid California's long-term capitals gains tax?

State tax rates and rules vary significantly. Since federal rates are much higher than state rates, you usually think of federal tax planning first. But you should also know a bit about tax rates in your state.

State long-term capital gains rates range widely. California has the highest, at 13.3%; several states have none.*

​important​ For this reason, some people even consider moving to another state if they are likely to have a windfall gain, like selling a lot of stock after an IPO.

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