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Overall Tax Burden by US State

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What people pay in taxes is not as simple as calculating income tax. As written in Types of Taxes in US, there are a number of types of taxes we pay. The types of taxes we pay include capital gains, estate, hospitality, luxury, payroll, property, and sales tax.

To make things more complicated, each county and city might levy its own taxes. Someone who lives in Los Angeles will pay a different tax rate than someone who lives in Santa Ana, even though they are only 30 miles apart. The list below is based primarily on the following taxes: income tax, property tax, and sales tax.

Tax Burden by State – 2018

The following tax rate percentages are based on 2018 tax information. US states are ranked from highest tax burden to lowest tax burden based on income tax, property tax, and sales tax.

1 New York NY (13.04%)
2 Hawaii HI (11.57%)
3 Maine ME (11.02%)
4 Vermont VT (10.94%)
5 Minnesota MN (10.37%)
6 Connecticut CT (10.19%)
7 Rhode Island RI (10.14%)
8 Illinois IL (10.08%)
9 New Jersey NJ (10.02%)
10 California CA (9.57%)
11 Ohio OH (9.48%)
12 Maryland MD (9.45%)
13 West Virginia WV (9.40%)
14 Iowa IA (9.32%)
14 Mississippi MS (9.32%)
16 Wisconsin WI (9.26%)
17 Nebraska NE (9.17%)
18 Massachusetts MA (9.03%)
19 Arkansas AR (8.99%)
20 New Mexico NM (8.94%)
21 Kentucky KY (8.79%)
22 North Dakota ND (8.69%)
23 Pennsylvania PA (8.66%)
24 Indiana IN (8.56%)
25 Kansas KS (8.54%)
26 Michigan MI (8.53%)
27 Louisiana LA (8.43%)
28 Oregon OR (8.38%)
29 Utah UT (8.36%)
30 North Carolina NC (8.32%)
31 Arizona AZ (8.21%)
31 Nevada NV (8.21%)
33 Texas TX (8.15%)
33 Washington WA (8.15%)
35 Colorado CO (8.10%)
36 Georgia GA (8.09%)
37 Wyoming WY (8.03%)
38 Missouri MO (7.95%)
39 South Carolina SC (7.88%)
40 Idaho ID (7.87%)
41 Virginia VA (7.77%)
42 Montana MT (7.64%)
43 Alabama AL (7.24%)
44 South Dakota SD (7.22%)
45 Oklahoma OK (7.17%)
46 New Hampshire NH (7.07%)
47 Florida FL (6.64%)
48 Tennessee TN (6.47%)
49 Delaware DE (5.68%)
50 Alaska AK (4.94%)

Per Capita Tax Receipts by State – 2015

The following per capita tax receipts describe how much money each state generates from taxes and compares it to the total population of that state. This information is provided by Tax Policy Center. The most recent data available is from 2015. States are ranked from highest tax burden to lowest tax burden per person.

1 District of Columbia DC ($13,297)
2 North Dakota ND ($12,155)
3 Wyoming WY ($11,695)
4 New York NY ($11,542)
5 Alaska AK ($10,038)
6 Connecticut CT ($8,868)
7 New Jersey NJ ($8,641)
8 Hawaii HI ($8,495)
9 Massachusetts MA ($8,363)
10 California CA ($8,352)
11 Minnesota MN ($8,156)
12 Vermont VT ($7,706)
13 Maryland ($7,690)
14 Delaware DE ($7,619)
15 Rhode Island RI ($7,556)
16 Iowa IA ($7,536)
17 Colorado CO ($7,484)
18 Illinois IL ($7,373)
19 Nebraska NE ($7,301)
20 Washington WA ($7,284)
21 Oregon OR ($7,061)
22 United State US ($7,050)
23 Kansas KS ($6,972)
24 Pennsylvania PA ($6,952)
25 New Mexico NM ($6,901)
26 Virginia VA ($6,843)
27 Wisconsin WI (6,670)
28 Maine ME ($6,510)
29 Ohio OH ($6,496)
30 New Hampshire NH ($6,407)
31 West Virginia WV ($6,320)
32 South Carolina SC ($6,288)
33 Michigan MI ($6,242)
34 Indiana IN ($6,018)
35 Texas ($5,991)
36 North Carolina NC ($5,949)
37 Utah UT ($5,939)
38 Mississippi MS ($5,873)
39 Montana MT ($5,836)
40 Oklahoma OK ($5,820)
41 Louisiana LA ($5,806)
42 South Dakota SD ($5,708)
43 Nevada NV ($5,679)
44 Florida FL ($5,633)
45 Alabama AL ($5,591)
46 Arkansas AR ($5,498)
47 Missouri MO ($5,467)
48 Kentucky KY ($5,450)
49 Idaho ID ($5,172)
50 Georgia GA ($5,148)
51 Tennessee TN ($4,971)
52 Arizona AZ ($4,879)

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