These Are America's Most And Least "Taxing" States (And Everything Inbetween)

Tyler Durden's picture

One of the most consistent debates emanating out of Washington in the past 6 years has been that dealing with income tax. Whether high, low, "fair" or "unfair", said discussions, however, focus solely on tax paid at the Federal level, and largely ignore that "other" key tax: state. Which is surprising, considering some states such as California demand a total contribution amounting to a third of the highest marginal Federal tax bracket, which could make some wonder if those bracing sea breezes are really worth it. But what about the other states? Here is the full breakdown of the states with the top income tax rates, those with the lowest, and all the states inbetween.

As Bloomberg reports citing Tax Foundation data, as of Jan. 1, nine states don't levy income tax on wages, and eight have a flat tax. Brackets in which taxes kick in differ by state, as do exemptions.

Here are the highest "taxing" states in the US:

  1. California 13.3%
  2. Hawaii 11%
  3. Oregon 9.9% (a, b)
  4. Minnesota 9.85%
  5. Iowa 8.98% (b)
  6. New Jersey 8.97% (a)
  7. Vermont 8.95% (tie)
  8. Washington, D.C. 8.95% (tie)
  9. New York 8.82% (a, c)
  10. Maine 7.95%

a) Local income taxes are excluded.
b) Allows "some or all federal income tax paid to be deducted from state taxable income," according to the Tax Foundation.
c) The Tax Foundation notes that New York has "'tax benefit recapture, by which many high-income taxpayers pay their top tax rate on all income, not just on amounts above the bracket threshold.”

And the lowest:

  1. Pennsylvania 3.07%* (a)
  2. North Dakota 3.22%
  3. Indiana 3.4%* (a)
  4. Michigan 4.25%* (a)
  5. Arizona 4.54%
  6. Colorado 4.63%* ** (d)
  7. Kansas 4.8% (a)
  8. New Mexico 4.9%
  9. Alabama 5% (a, b): tied with Illinois*, Mississippi, New Hampshire* (c) and Utah

*flat rate
**of federal adjusted gross income with modifications

a) Local income taxes are excluded.
b) Allows "some or all federal income tax paid to be deducted from state taxable income," according to the Tax Foundation.
c) Tax applies to interest and dividend income only.
(d) of federal taxable income

And all the other ones, sorted alpabetically:


Alabama has the lowest state and local property tax collections per person, though it's one of seven states that don’t provide a sales tax break for groceries. It doesn't give beer drinkers a break, either, imposing the nation’s third-highest beer excise tax, at $1.05 per gallon. Taxes get complicated for same-sex couples in Alabama. Because the state doesn't recognize their unions, couples must each file single state income tax returns and apportion their joint income according to a ratio.

At least one obsolete tax law remains on the books here -- a tax for Confederate veterans of the Civil War. The tax now supports the Confederate Memorial Park, which includes a museum.


Alaska gets significant income from corporate taxes, mostly from the oil-and-gas industry. The state collects high revenue per person -- $19,686 in 2012, according to the Tax Foundation -- without collecting income, state sales tax or inheritance tax. Alaska's average local sales tax rate is 1.69 percent.

Property taxes, however, at $2,076 per person, are relatively high. And while a full day on a fishing boat or oil rig will likely put many of the state’s residents in the mood for a cold one, Alaska’s beer excise tax is the second-highest in the nation, at $1.07 per gallon.


With a comparatively low income tax, Arizona relies heavily on other levies. It gets a little more than 70 percent of its state and local tax collections from property tax and general sales taxes. Still, its tax revenue is lower than other states' -- it collects $4,812 per capita (as of 2011), ranking 49th out of 50.

Arizona doesn't recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. The state instructs those who file joint federal returns to file state income tax returns as single filers and then requires an additional form to determine how to allocate joint income from the federal return.


Arkansas has the sixth-lowest state and local revenue per capita, according to the Tax Foundation. More than 60 percent of state and local tax collections come from general sales tax, individual income tax and corporate income tax. Arkansas does not recognize same-sex marriage and requires single returns from both members of same-sex couples.



Living in a place that's home to Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, beaches and mountain ranges comes at a price, and this includes higher taxes. California’s top income tax rate is 12.3 percent for up to $1 million in income, and then jumps to 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. The state’s sales tax rate (not including local sales taxes) is also the highest in the nation, as is the state gas tax rate, at 52.5 cents per gallon.

Tax season is a little easier here for same-sex married couples than in many other states. Since California recognizes same-sex marriage, couples don't have to use different or additional forms to determine how much state tax is due.

*There is an additional 1 percent tax on income over $1 million, bringing the top rate to 13.3 percent.


Of the 44 states that levy an individual income tax, Colorado's is sixth lowest, according to the Tax Foundation. Colorado made history in 2012 as one of the first two states to legalize recreational adult marijuana use, and now the state is raking in cash from taxing pot. It imposes a 15 percent excise tax on recreational marijuana and marijuana-related products and a general 2.9 percent sales tax. And that might not be all, depending on where the stuff is purchased -- localities may enact their own special taxes. Recreational marijuana sales brought in $2 million in taxes in January, and state officials expect steady revenue patterns to develop by April.

*Flat rate


Connecticut has the third-highest state gasoline tax in the country, behind California and New York, at 49.3 cents per gallon. It’s generally a high-tax jurisdiction, which is evident from its “tax freedom day,” representing how long a person would have to work into the year to have earned enough to pay all federal, state and local taxes. Connecticut has the latest such day of all states -- May 13, according to the Tax Foundation. Those high taxes also come with the highest income per capita -- $60,847 in 2013, according to preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Connecticut is one of 13 states that tax Social Security income.

*Exemption is $2 million.


Delaware’s top individual income tax rate was scheduled to decrease in 2014, but state officials decided to keep the rate at 6.6 percent to plug a budget shortfall. For 2012, the state had the seventh-highest individual income tax collections per person, at $1,307. It also ranks as one of the highest per capita collectors of corporate income tax, placing fifth at $288 per person.

*Exemption is $5.34 million.


Retirees and millionaires have good reason to flock to Florida, since it has no personal income tax, inheritance tax or estate tax. Still, the state is projected to have more money to play with this year after state economists forecast a $1.2 billion budget surplus, thanks in part to increased sales tax revenue. Governor Rick Scott has proposed using some of the surplus to cut $500 million in taxes and fees.



It’s cheaper to buy cigarettes in Georgia than in most of the rest of the U.S., because Georgia’s cigarette taxes rank 47th out of 50, at $0.37 per 20-pack. But not all sin taxes are equal here. It’s a little more expensive, in tax terms, to drink beer and wine than in other states. Georgia’s wine excise tax is $1.51 per gallon (eighth in the nation), while its beer excise tax is $1.01 per gallon (fourth nationwide). Want to drink and still pay lower taxes here? Choose spirits, which are taxed at $3.79 and rank 34th-highest in the country.



Hawaii has the second-highest top income tax rate in the country, after California. It's one of the few states that tax net capital gains at below the top income tax rate -- they’re taxed at 7.25 percent. It's one of seven that impose the full sales tax rate on groceries. Hawaii’s combined state and local sales tax rate of 4.35 percent places it near the bottom of the pack.

*Exemption is $5.34 million.



The Idaho State Tax Commission is among the states reminding consumers this year that all of those Internet purchases on which they didn't pay sales tax weren't tax-free -- consumers owe a 6 percent use tax to the state when the goods are used in Idaho. Consumers must include this in their income tax returns, but since these taxes are notoriously difficult to track and collect, whether they pay up is another story. Idaho is one of seven states that don't offer a sales tax break for groceries.


Illinois’s income tax rate is slated to drop to 3.75 percent in January, but Governor Pat Quinn has proposed making a 2011 income tax hike permanent that would keep the current 5 percent rate. The debate could spill over into the governor’s reelection season.

*Flat rate ; **Exemption is $4 million.



Amazon began collecting Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax on Hoosiers’ purchases on its site this January. Indiana was originally supposed to phase out its inheritance tax over 10 years beginning in 2013, but instead the state repealed the tax for people dying after Dec. 31, 2012. In coming years businesses could pay less in taxes, too. Governor Mike Pence signed legislation in March that includes a provision that will gradually reduce corporate income taxes in Indiana to 4.9 percent in 2023. Indiana’s current corporate income tax rate is 7.5 percent, but that is scheduled to decrease on July 1 to 7 percent.

*Flat rate



The top bracket of Iowa’s state income tax reaches 8.98 percent at $68,175 in 2014. The state phased out its tax on Social Security income in 2014. If you want to raise a toast in celebration, it’ll cost you: Iowa has some of the highest excise tax rates on table wine and spirits, according to the Tax Foundation and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

A potential gas tax increase, intended to pay for transportation infrastructure, has been percolating in the Iowa Legislature this session, but nothing had passed as of mid-April.

Note: Spouse, lineal-ascendant and lineal-descendant transfer is tax-free; sibling or child-in-law transfer is taxed at 5 percent to 10 percent; all other transfers are taxed at 10 percent to 15 percent.



A few years ago Kansas enacted sweeping tax cuts. Recently, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based group that supports programs that assist the poor, released a study citing Kansas' experience as a cautionary tale for other states. "As other states recover from the recent recession and turn toward the future, Kansas's huge tax cuts have left that state's schools and other public services stuck in the recession, and declining further," the report said.

The Sunflower State is one of 13 that tax Social Security Income; an exemption applies to Social Security income received by taxpayers with annual federal adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less. Kansas does not recognize same-sex marriage, so for income tax purposes that means same-sex couples who file a federal joint return must allocate their income on two separate single returns using a state-provided schedule.



  The Bluegrass State may cater more to jockeys than car drivers. Kentucky ranks 16th among the states on gas tax, making drivers pay 30.8 cents per gallon. The gas tax has been largely debated this legislative season, with some legislators proposing to raise it to pay for transportation projects. ??

Note: Spouse, parent, lineal-descendant and sibling transfer is tax-free; aunts, nieces, nephews, and child in-law transfer is taxed at 4 percent to 16 percent with a $1,000 exemption; all other transfers are taxed at 6 percent to 16 percent with a $500 exemption.


The home of “Duck Dynasty” has long been a destination for sportsmen and partiers. Visitors should be prepared to be taxed heavily on their fun. Louisiana’s state and local sales tax rate of 8.89 percent is third-highest of the states. That doesn’t mean the state is rolling in dough: Its general sales tax collections per person in 2012 were $614, putting Louisiana in 37th place. Its income tax can be burdensome for same-sex married couples. It requires them to each fill out pro forma single federal returns and then use that information on their single state returns.



Maine recognizes same-sex marriage, so any married couple there can file a joint state tax return. The state’s cigarette excise tax is $2 per 20-pack, making it the 11th-highest cigarette excise tax in the country. Maine imposes a 5.5 percent state sales tax on medical marijuana, but the 7 percent tax rate on prepared food applies if the herb is baked into brownies.

*Exemption is $2 million.



Maryland and New Jersey are the only states with both an estate tax and an inheritance tax. This year Maryland is expected to enact significant changes to its estate tax that will increase the exemption amount. The current $1 million exemption would be gradually increased over five years to match the federal government’s exemption amount, which is now $5.34 million, and is indexed for inflation.

The General Assembly had a recent brush with Hollywood when "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey visited Annapolis to persuade lawmakers to increase the Netflix show’s subsidy for its third season. The show is set in the District of Columbia, but much of it is filmed in Maryland.

Note: Spouse, lineal-descendant, spouse of lineal-descendant, and sibling transfer is tax-free; all other transfers are taxed at 10 percent.;*Exemption is $1 million.


Massachusetts’ individual income tax rate decreased at the beginning of December, because state revenues had grown enough to trigger a rate cut from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent. Last year, the Massachusetts legislature enacted a sales tax on computer software services in 2013, only to repeal it a few months later when it proved unpopular with businesses.

The state has one of the highest cigarette taxes -- at $3.51 per 20-pack, it's second only to New York. Gamblers here might notice that they're taking less in winnings home since last year, when the state started withholding income tax from winnings of more than $600, regardless of the original wager amount.

*Flat rate; **Exemption is $1 million.



The Great Lakes State has a gas tax of 39.1 cents per gallon, the sixth-highest in the country. Michigan, like many other states, gets more in property tax revenue, in percentage terms, than from any other state and local tax. Property tax makes up 37.6 percent of state and local tax collections, followed by general sales tax (26.3 percent), individual income tax (18.8 percent) and corporate income tax (2 percent).

*Flat rate



Tax cuts are coming in after this legislative session. Last year Minnesota became the only state besides Connecticut to impose a gift tax, but this year legislators repealed it. Those who already had paid the tax should look for a check -- the state will refund any payments. Lawmakers also increased estate tax exemption amounts and repealed several “business-to-business” sales taxes -- warehousing or storage services for tangible personal property, repairing and maintaining electronic precision equipment and repairing and maintaining commercial and industrial machinery and equipment.

*Exemption is $1.2 million.



Missouri has the country’s lowest cigarette taxes, at 17 cents per pack. There had been talk of raising that tax, but voters narrowly defeated a tobacco tax initiative in 2012. Low taxes on beer, too: Missouri ranks 49th with a beer excise tax of 6 cents per gallon.


Montana is among the 13 states that tax Social Security income. However, it's also one of five states that don't impose a state-level sales tax. It gets 39 percent of its state and local revenue from property tax.


Nebraska enacted several tax cuts in early April, which include indexing tax brackets for inflation, exempting more Social Security income from taxes, a sales tax exemption for farm machinery, an increase to the state's property tax credit program and the expansion of a property tax homestead exemption.

Note: Transfer to a spouse or charitable organization is tax-free; transfer to descendants and siblings is taxed at 1 percent with a $40,000 exemption; transfers to aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews are taxed at 13 percent with a $15,000 exemption. All other transfers are taxed at 18 percent with a $10,000 exemption.


Nevada’s lack of an income tax makes sales and property taxes crucial revenue generators. And since January, Nevada residents have been paying sales tax on their purchases.

For visitors who make it to Las Vegas for a little fun, Nevada imposes an additional tax of 5 percent to 10 percent on admission, food, refreshments and merchandise. Visitors can gamble from their hotel rooms now, since Nevada was the first state to legalize online gambling last year.


The “Live Free or Die” state doesn’t tax most types of income, other than a 5 percent tax on interest and dividend income. New Hampshire relies heavily on property taxes, getting more than 60 percent of its state and local tax collections from them, according to Tax Foundation data.

New Hampshire may have a tough time following the lead of other states to capitalize on sales of recreational marijuana. In late March the state’s House of Representatives killed a bill that would have legalized small amounts of recreational marijuana for those 21 and up.

*On interest and dividend income, not wages



Same-sex married couples in New Jersey can use a joint tax return for both federal and state income tax filings. And gamblers can choose whether they place their bets by computer or in person, since New Jersey recently started allowing online gambling. In February, online gambling brought $10.3 million in revenue to the state.

*Exemption is $675,000.

Note: Transfer to a spouse, domestic partner, lineal descendant or charitable organization is tax-free; transfer to children-in-law is taxed at 11 percent to 16 percent with a $25,000 exemption; all other transfers are taxed at 15 percent to 16 percent with a $500 exemption.


The fictional home of “Breaking Bad” may not be the ideal place for service providers. New Mexico is one of a handful of states in which services are presumed to be subject to sales tax. It depends more on general sales tax than on other levies for its state and local tax revenue, and collects some of the lowest property taxes in the country, ranking 47th. It doesn't have an inheritance tax, and its gas tax is relatively low at 18.88 cents per gallon. Same-sex couples can file a joint state income tax return, because New Mexico recognizes same-sex marriage.



New York collects more individual income tax per person than any other state: $2,289 as of 2011. And its gas tax of 49.6 cents per gallon is the second-highest in the U.S. But under its recently enacted budget, some New York residents may pay less in property taxes.

A plan was announced earlier this year to allow 20 hospitals to distribute medical marijuana via executive order, but it’s unclear whether the trial program will lead to a larger plan to tax and regulate the herb.

Note: For people who die on or after April 1, 2014, and before April 1, 2015, the exclusion amount is $2,062,500 and the rate range is 3.06 percent to 16 percent. New York is increasing the estate tax exclusion amount over three years. By April 1, 2017, it will be $5,250,000.


North Carolina residents have had to wave goodbye to their tax-free online shopping days. In February, Amazon started collecting sales tax on purchases delivered here, ending a long disagreement with the state. And last year’s first-time-in-a-century Republican control of the state’s executive and legislative branches helped usher in a new era of a flat income tax rate of 5.8 percent, replacing the state’s graduated rate structure.

Like some other states, North Carolina has grappled with how to make up lost gas tax revenue due in part to more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. Electric car owners now pay a new $100 registration fee.


These are boom times for North Dakota. According to the most recent annual U.S. Census information, the state's severance taxes -- a tax on natural resources taken out of the ground -- accounted for 56.7 percent of its total tax collections in 2012. At the same time, its top income rate of 3.22 percent applies only after the taxpayer’s income reaches $405,100. Retirees are taxed on Social Security income.

There are downsides for some taxpayers in the Roughrider State. It doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, so the couples must allocate income to two single returns using a schedule provided by the state.



Ohio Governor John Kasich has again proposed cutting the income tax, but this time he wants to make up the revenue with a new tax on oil drillers, a hike in the Commercial Activity Tax and a tax increase on cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. The state doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, so couples must allocate their income between two single state returns and use an additional state-provided schedule to determine their state income tax liability.


Oklahoma has a pretty low income tax rate but is one of seven states that tax groceries at the full sales tax rate. Its combined state and local sales tax rate of 8.72 percent ranks fifth-highest among the states. Drivers of gas-guzzlers get a break here -- the state’s 17-cents-per-gallon gas tax ranks 47th in the nation.


Oregonians have no sales tax but pay one of the highest state income tax rates in the country, at 9.9 percent for top filers. That's right behind California and Hawaii. When same-sex married couples in Oregon file their taxes this year, they'll be able to use their federal adjusted gross income on their joint return.

*Exemption is $1 million



Pennsylvania's 3.07 percent flat income tax rate is the lowest top rate of states that impose individual income tax, according to the Tax Foundation, and its property tax collections per capita of $1,305 are 25th lowest nationally. Taxpayers here work until April 17 to earn enough to pay the year's total tax bill.

Pennsylvania has one of the highest corporate income tax rates of the states, at 9.9 percent. Only two jurisdictions -- Iowa (12 percent) and the District of Columbia (9.975 percent) -- have higher rates. Not all of the state’s taxes are high; a recent report found that Pennsylvania has among the lowest taxes on gas drilling in the country.


Rhode Island’s largest source of state and local tax collections is property tax, which makes up 44.7 percent of the collections. Rhode Island allows medical marijuana, but whether it will legalize and then tax adult recreational marijuana is unclear. Governor Lincoln Chaffee indicated in a Bloomberg News interview that he may consider “whether to ‘regulate it and tax it in these tough times.’ ”

*Exemption is $921,655.


For those taking driving vacations this summer, South Carolina would be a good choice for gas tax savings -- its tax of 16.75 cents per gallon is the 48th-lowest in the nation. And if you're a South Carolina taxpayer, the state may owe you money. The IRS recently estimated that South Carolina owes taxpayers $10 million from unclaimed 2010 refunds. Better hurry -- the return filing deadline is April 15.

Since South Carolina doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, couples must make pro forma federal single returns and use that information on their state single returns.



South Dakota's tax-friendly trust laws are among the reasons it is becoming a legal tax shelter for nonresidents, as wealthy families from outside the state finding ways to stash their assets here.

With no income tax, investors in South Dakota are happy to hold on to their capital gains. But shoppers have to shell out a little more in tax than in many other states, because it's one of seven states that don't offer a sales tax break on groceries.


Tourists have long been entertained by the state's thriving music scene. High sales taxes will likely leave them singing the blues. Tennessee has the highest combined state and local sales tax rate, at 9.45 percent, according to the Tax Foundation. It doesn't tax income apart from a 6 percent levy on interest and dividends, and capital gains are exempt. Tennessee has an inheritance tax now (see the note below), but it will be phased out in 2016.

*On interest and dividend income; none on wages
**Plus a 2.75 % tax on certain sales worth $1,600.01 and up to $3,200
***Tennessee calls this an "inheritance tax," but it functions as an estate tax. The exemption is $2 million.


Texans don't pay state income tax, but some of their income tax savings gets spent on state and local sales tax, ranked 11th in the nation, at 8.15 percent. Property taxes are higher here than in a lot of other states, too, with $1,557 in per-person collections coming in at 15th in the nation. Will that always be the case? One candidate for the state’s comptroller of public accounts recently spoke about getting rid of property taxes. The state is in the middle of a drilling boom that contributed to its 2012-2013 budget surplus.


The state makes solid revenue on so-called sin taxes, including those on alcohol. Utah imposes the eighth-highest state spirits excise tax, at $12.19 per gallon, and the 13th-highest state beer excise tax, at 41 cents per gallon. It also imposes a 10 percent tax on all businesses that feature nude performance. Utah is among the growing number of states that permit same-sex couples to file joint returns for state income tax purposes.

*Flat rate



Vermont is one of 13 states that tax Social Security income and has the highest state and local excise collections per person in the country.

A controversy surrounding the tax treatment of electronic cigarettes is raging in the Green Mountain State. A budget bill that recently preliminarily passed the state House of Representatives includes a 92 percent tax on the wholesale cost of electronic cigarettes.

*Exemption is $2.75 million



Virginia recently enacted special fees on environmentally friendly vehicles, but has kept tax rates low on tobacco. In this tobacco-rich state, the cigarette excise tax rate of 30 cents per pack ranks 49th lowest out of 50.

Last year the Virginia General Assembly passed a sweeping deal to overhaul how the state pays for transportation. This year, the legislature repealed a small part of that act -- a $64 annual fee on electric car owners, meant to ensure that all car owners contribute equally to repairing the state’s roads.

*4.3% state, 1% local; the Tax Foundation includes a “mandatory, statewide, local add-on sales tax” in the state rate.



Washington will start selling recreational marijuana for adults this year, and users should be ready to pay up. The state plans to impose a 25 percent excise tax at each stage of growing, processing and selling cannabis products. The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast predicted that cannabis-related sales will generate $51 million in taxes and fees for the 2015-2017 budget period. Smoking cigarettes is expensive here, too. Washington imposes the sixth-highest cigarette excise tax in the country, at $3.025 per 20-pack.

*Exemption is $2.01 million



The District of Columbia’s sales tax is the lowest in its local region for the first time in 45 years, according to the Tax Foundation. The D.C. Council (the District’s local governing body) voted last year to cut the previous 6 percent sales tax rate by a quarter of a percentage point to roll back a 2009 increase that was used to cover a budget shortfall. The rate reduction and the fact that there are no other local sales tax rates give Washington, D.C., one of the lowest combined sales tax rates in the country.

Residents may feel the pinch more in property ownership than in retail shopping. Property tax collections are some of the highest in the country, at $2,871 per person.

*Exemption is $1 million.


West Virginia taxes Social Security income, but shoppers are no longer paying sales tax on groceries after the state eliminated that tax last year. Those who didn't file a tax return for 2010 but think they might have a refund coming their way have a short time to get caught up. The IRS recently announced it has $3 million in unclaimed federal tax refunds for West Virginians. The filing deadline to get those refunds is April 15.


The Wisconsin Assembly and Governor Scott Walker recently put through a budget bill that cuts income and property taxes by more than $500 million annually. The lowest individual income tax bracket will be lowered from 4.4 percent to 4 percent. Recent data show that Wisconsin’s property tax per person ranks 12th in the country, at $1,724, according to the Tax Foundation



With no tax on income, capital gains or net corporate income, Wyoming makes up the difference in property taxes. The state has the sixth-highest property tax per person in the country, according to the Tax Foundation.

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TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Alabama has the lowest state and local property tax collections per person, .....

At least one obsolete tax law remains on the books here -- a tax for Confederate veterans of the Civil War. The tax now supports the Confederate Memorial Park, which includes a museum."


When travelling south on I-65 to the Gulf Coast beaches, take exit 205 to visit the park. It's a very interesting visit. Veterans from my great great grandfathers unit, Hilliards Legion, are buried there.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Excellent reference article Tyler(s)!  Thank you!  This information (and yes, I understand it will constantly change) does provide insights into the mentalities of various state .govs.

I wish all the best to those states who have declined to impose an income tax.  Bravo!

maskone909's picture

despite what the stereotypes say.... california is a shithole full of criminals and degenerates.  police are everywhere and every weekend some one gets killed over a female or bad driving.  the only good thing is the weather, which is usually too hot for my pale irish prone to melenoma skin.


oh yeah and there is palmtrees and mexican food.

RevRex's picture

BTW, Delaware does have a sales tax, it's just a hidden sales tax. Delaware charges a Gross Receipts" tax to all businesses, which is passed on to the buyer in the form of higher prices.....


 and of course the lying politicians claimed it would just be a temporary tax when they passed it decades ago....

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Once again, when you pay your federal, state, and local income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, and the other myriad of other hidden taxes (like in your phone, cable, and electric bill), and then pile on all of the fees you pay to .gov, you are paying well over 50% of your income to the government.  If you are in the higher brackets its probably more like in the 70% range.  So for every 10 days you work at least 5 and up to 7 of those working days go to your beloved .gov.  Thats about as close to slavery as you can get without actually calling it slavery.

ATM's picture

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Local Income Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Toll Booth Taxes
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and
local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer Registration Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax 

SilverIsKing's picture

What an odd way to present the data.  How about a spreadsheet to make comparisons across each metric?

Keyser's picture

Ever hear of copy-n-paste?


SilverIsKing's picture

No.  I've heard of copy and paste.  Not copy-n-paste.


TeamDepends's picture

Copy and paste AND copy-n-paste taxes right around the corner.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Yes, the Grand Fraudulent scheme of paying taxes to an Illegitimate, Fruadulent entity.

It's a "Federal Government" only in name. It's really a Criminal UNITED STATES, CORP. INC posing as a functional Government of the people, for the people & by the people.

Zadok's picture

Nice collection of very interesting facts, some of which I have verified in the past.
Fraud is only maintained as long as those that it is exercised upon accept the fraud. Therefore, we could dissolve this nonsense based on money and ownership fraud tomorrow if we could just throw off the chains of What I have come to call 'The Fiction'.
In the meantime each one of us can withdraw consent to the greatest degree possible in our individual circumstances. An analysis of the impact tells me this is significantly impactful to the cabal and the perception that it is not is merely another aspect of 'The Fiction'
Get to it, every step in action is a step toward Liberty.

reader2010's picture

You forgot to add the Federal Reserve Inflation Tax.

Borrow Owl's picture

Taxing the Crucial Beverage is truly the epitome of evil.


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture



Airline (TSA) Tax

Airport Tax

Special District Tax (varies depending on locale, usually a fire or water dist.)

Transient (hotel/motel lodging) Tax

chemystical's picture

Not only do you pay those taxes but you also pay the salary of an army of otherwise worthless bureaucrats who collect, count, and redistribute it.

The same worthless pieces of shit collect permit fees.  In my county you need a permit to, for example:

  • sell things while standing still
  • sell things while moving
  • erect a billboard
  • take a billboard down
  • cut hair
  • cut nails
  • tatoo
  • operate a tanning business
  • fish
  • hunt (distinct from fishing)
  • sell food directly to the public
  • sell milk
  • sell dairy (distinct from milk)
  • sell dairy equipment
  • own a dog  (why not cats?  dogs are more dangerous?  So?  A license is not liability insurance)
  • operate a hotel, motel, b&b
  • operate a trailer park
  • ad nauseum

An army of bureaucrats.  Next time you hear that 1 in 6 people work for .gov  stop wondering how.  You could cut that to 1 in 20 if you got rid of the absolutely and obviously worthless

Dr. Sandi's picture


  (why not cats?  dogs are more dangerous?  So?  A license is not liability insurance)

Nobody actually 'owns' a cat. They work for themselves. And because of that, they'd have to be taxed directly. But cats won't acknowledge their tax burden. They don't play by our rules.

Dubaibanker's picture


9 'suspected' Al Qaeda militants (they were having stamps on their forehead readable by satellites stating that they were militants) and 3 civilians dead, in today's news.

Some American call it barbaric and some call it a day's work.

Since when did it become legal to kill 'suspected' people?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Bingo! Folks, you DO realize that this is inherent and therefore inevitable, given our monetary and financing system:

When you have (a) fiat currencies, and (b) FRB, it's baked into the very DNA of the system: Ever bigger Debt obligations, which demand ever wider, deeper and newer forms of servicing/taxing said fiat Debt.

Bottom line: You cannot fix it profoundly, w/o changing the Monetary and Banking systems from the ground up. Good luck with that!

TheReplacement's picture

You forget that the higher your income the less real tax you pay.

xavi1951's picture

That is absolute Bull Shit!  You obviously life off the gov subsiistance programs.  What was your tax rate?  Mine was 34% federal !

DoChenRollingBearing's picture




I do not have a link handy, but I believe it was Victor Davis Hanson (living in the Central Valley) who maybe a year ago wrote of the desperate state of things there, Mexican drug gangs terrorizing farmers and citizens.

And all the cops do about it is bust hapless drivers for speeding rather than go after the scum.

My experience in California is perhaps three weeks in my whole life.  The beauty of your state is wonderful.  Too bad, as you write, that they wrecked it.

maskone909's picture

DCRB that about sums it up. its beauty is equally met with its hidden dangers and outrageous cost of living.  every trash day on my street is met with hoards of kids in their 20's scavanging for recyclables-which used to be exclusive to your stereotypical mentally deranged hobo. the lines have been blurred between police and gangsters.  going out on the weekends could end up fatal.  the cracks in society are beggining to be more and more apparant.


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

This was the article that brought Mr. Hanson into my awareness, as at the time I lived over the hills from this story in Hollister, California. Here's a link to the story:

Since this story things have not gotten better. Truth be told, the situation continues to deteriorate. It is a national tragedy. BTW, things are just as bad in Hollister.

Babaloo's picture

Remarkably enough, Hanson fails to mention he is one of the farmers who employs illegal immigrants and thus provides the incentive for them to come to California and seek work.

He and his farmer buddies want the lowest cost labor possible and now couldn't survive as farmers without the illegal immigrants he rails against.

He defines hypocrisy. And the posters who praise him and link to his posts haven't thought through the sliminess that is VDh.

Pickleton's picture

And he does that where?  On his family farm that's rented out?  In other words, on a farm he doesn't on?  Can you please cite where you got that info from, because it really smells like 1 of 1000 daily lies leftists tell about the right.

vulcanraven's picture

Don't forget the Thai and Korean whorehouses, err... "foot massage parlors" in the San Fernando Valley. Seems be one on every block when driving down Ventura boulevard.

maskone909's picture

haha +1 about the same here in the inland empire.  maybe i will consider opening one up soon. 

Freddie's picture

Now all the vampires walking through the valley

Move West down Ventura Blvd


Better times.  Love Tom Petty. He fought the greedy record companies and eventually won but it was painful.


Stuck on Zero's picture

I'm a Californian and so proud of our high taxes because they allow me to channel my excess income to paying the highest welfare in the nation and to support extensive benefits to illegal aliens.

(do I need to end this with a </sarc>??)



Anusocracy's picture

State expenditures per capita would be useful.

AlaricBalth's picture

Just need to know where to find it.
All the best!!'

United States $5,385
Alabama $4,398
Alaska $19,603
Arizona $4,399
Arkansas $7,025
California $5,791
Colorado $6,148
Connecticut $7,259
Delaware $9,368
District of Columbia NA
Florida $3,482
Georgia $4,176
Hawaii $8,249
Idaho $4,212
Illinois $3,827
Indiana $4,070
Iowa $5,925
Kansas $5,147
Kentucky $5,861
Louisiana $6,882
Maine $6,229
Maryland $5,863
Massachusetts $8,141
Michigan $4,915
Minnesota $5,920
Mississippi $7,490
Missouri $3,858
Montana $6,230
Nebraska $5,370
Nevada $3,150
New Hampshire $4,056
New Jersey $5,362
New Mexico $7,494
New York $6,851
North Carolina $5,362
North Dakota $7,461
Ohio $5,227
Oklahoma $5,688
Oregon $8,729
Pennsylvania $5,442
Rhode Island $7,450
South Carolina $4,797
South Dakota $4,676
Tennessee $4,743
Texas $3,796
Utah $4,591
Vermont $7,767
Virginia $5,291
Washington $5,000
West Virginia $11,440
Wisconsin $7,534
Wyoming $10,874

FY 2011 Data

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Also thanks, Alaric for useful reference info.

Happy Easter!

AlaricBalth's picture

Thank you.
Happy Easter to you and the family Do Chen.

Going to Ecuador and Peru soon. Maybe you could suggest a few good restaurants in Lima.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



Here are two (on the expensive side, but you can't go wrong re quality and safety of the Peruvian food):

-- Astrid y Gaston

-- Brujas de Cachiche

Also, a seafood place "over" the Pacific (on pilings, pretty view):

-- La Rosa Nautica

All three are in or very near the Miraflores part of town, safe & tourist friendly.


GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Alabama's Motto:

Audemus jura nostra defendere ...

We Dare Defend Our Rights



Jumbotron's picture  They lost in the Civil War.....and they and all of us are still losing the war on liberty.

Latin slogans ain't going to do shit.

Atomizer's picture

Alabama doesn't partake in the lottery. Another cost savings to the state. 

Jumbotron's picture

Sorry....this is off topic but VERY, VERY INTERESTING !

Tyler(s).....need to check this out.  A jet with small American markings owned in a trust to a Utah Bank for some mysterious person was found in Iran.   And NOBODY wants to talk about it.

Officials in Iran only would say they are aware of the plane and that the passenger is "V.I.P."

HHHHmmmmm ???



There is one slight clue though. The jet was spotted in Zurich, Switzerland on January 22, 2014, right around the time of the World Economic Forum in Davos. That probably narrows the list down to 2,633 powerful people.

The plane was also in Accra, Ghana on January 3 and in Luton, England on October 1 of last year and February 16 of this year.


Could it be her ????

Valerie Jarrett

Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, to African-American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. Her father, a pathologist and geneticist, ran a hospital for children in Shiraz in 1956, as part of a program where American physicians and agricultural experts sought to help communitize developing countries' health and farming efforts. When she was five, the family moved to London for one year, later moving to Chicago in 1963

n 1991, as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard Daley, she interviewed Michelle Robinson for an opening in the mayor’s office, after which she immediately offered her the job.[23] Michelle Robinson asked for time to think and also asked Jarrett to meet her fiancé, Barack Obama. The three ended up meeting for dinner. After the dinner, Michelle took the job with the mayor's office, and Valerie Jarrett reportedly took the couple under her wing and “introduced them to a wealthier and better-connected Chicago than their own". She later took Michelle with her when she left the mayor's office to head Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.

SmackDaddy's picture

haha, who the fuck builds a monument for a war they lost?

Emergency Ward's picture

Oh I love California, everybody's rich there.......

Fuh Querada's picture

and where Bum Bandits enjoy (un)holy wedlock....