Residents and visitors to DC paid $8 billion in taxes in 2018


DC collected $8 billion in taxes in 2018, a 4 percent increase from the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC).

Most tax revenue came from income taxes ($2.6 billion) and property taxes ($2.6 billion).

The STC survey includes five broad tax categories and up to 25 subcategories. Data is gathered from all 50 state governments and all dependent state-level entities.

The Census Bureau cautions that it sets the tax classifications among the survey categories, and they may differ from the classifications set by the state governments.

Below is a breakdown of how taxes were classified by the bureau and how much was collected.

2018 DC Tax Collections
Type of Tax
Amount
Property taxes
$2,621,626,000
Sales and gross receipts taxes
$1,930,168,000
License taxes
$198,930,000
Income taxes
$2,641,587,000
Other taxes
$567,075,000
General sales and gross receipts taxes
$1,493,101,000
Selective sales and gross receipts taxes
$437,067,000
Alcoholic beverages sales tax
$6,560,000
Amusements sales tax
$0
Insurance premiums sales tax
$115,290,000
Motor fuels sales tax
$26,268,000
Pari-mutuels sales tax
$0
Public utilities sales tax
$179,065,000
Tobacco products sales tax
$27,956,000
Other selective sales and gross receipts taxes
$81,928,000
Alcoholic beverages license
$5,691,000
Amusements license
$0
Corporations in general license
$36,217,000
Hunting and fishing license
$81,000
Motor vehicle license
$39,514,000
Motor vehicle operators license
$6,074,000
Public utilities license
$0
Occupation and business license, nec
$58,429,000
Other license taxes
$52,924,000
Individual income taxes
$2,066,842,000
Corporations net income taxes
$574,745,000
Death and gift taxes
$35,708,000
Documentary and stock transfer taxes
$472,444,000
Severance taxes
$0
Taxes, nec
$58,923,000

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