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10 U.S. States with the Highest Tax Burden

Name the states with the greatest tax collection as a percent of personal income.
Includes property, sales, and income tax
Source: WalletHub
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Last updated: May 24, 2019
First submittedDecember 24, 2016
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State
13.0
New York
11.7
Hawaii
10.8
Maine
10.8
Vermont
10.3
Minnesota
10.2
Rhode Island
9.9
New Jersey
9.7
Connecticut
9.7
Illinois
9.5
Iowa
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level 71
May 25, 2019
So proud of my former home, Taxachusetts, for getting out of the top ten! (I wonder how *that* ever happened!)
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level 62
Jun 14, 2019
First state I tried, for exactly that reason.
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level 38
Aug 10, 2019
I was shocked when that didn't come up
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level 75
May 25, 2019
Income tax levels are surprisingly low over there, in the UK we hover around 20% + 12% national insurance
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level 55
May 25, 2019
This is just state tax, there’s federal tax on top.
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level 73
May 25, 2019
Still cheaper than state income, federal income, sales, property, excise and fuel tax plus "fees" for everything the government requires you to do. Add in private health insurance as a wage cost to employees you never even see included as an a wage benefit and we're blowing that 33% out of the water.
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level ∞
May 30, 2019
If you live in New York City you could end up paying about 50% of your income in tax, which is similar to the highest European countries such as Denmark or (shudder) Belgium.
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level 80
Jun 14, 2019
Thankfully New York is in America, where we have our freedom from social services like government-guaranteed health insurance, retirement, vacation, early childhood care, college tuition, elder care, and so on...You really have to feel bad for the Danes and Belgians, who are forced to get something in return for their taxes.
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level 68
Jun 14, 2019
@BobSaget all those things are nice, but why should I have to pay for yours
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level 58
Jun 14, 2019
Because you're a nice goon and you care about your neighbors. And it end up being less expensive for yourself given the cost of your current plan and the cost you already pay in taxes for America's convoluted health care system. That being said, there is something to be said for America's freedom of choice and the ability to pay your way into a better plan.
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level 80
Jun 15, 2019
@CartoJuggernaut: for the same reason I pay for the fire department to put out a fire at your house, and not just mine.
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level 57
Jun 17, 2019
@BobSaget Running a fire department on an individual or household basis is nearly impossible. The same cannot be said for your medical insurance, paid time off, and retirement.
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level 44
Jun 17, 2019
@CartoJuggernaut because the math works. If we all have government-run healthcare the government has negotiating power with pharmaceutical companies and hospitals that private healthcare companies never had. This means cheaper healthcare costs for all of us. Thus your increase in taxes will be less than you were paying for private health insurance. Also, it's absurd to think that you're never going to use healthcare, childcare, college, or vacation in your life or your children's. Not to mention that you're already paying for services you don't use on a daily basis like public education, policing, fire and so much more through the government.
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level 80
May 25, 2019
Wasn't expecting a red state (IA) on this list.
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level 80
May 31, 2019
Iowa isn't a red state. It's purple and has a long history of progressiveness. It was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage, and was the home of arguably one of the most progressive political figures of American politics, Henry Wallace.
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level 62
Jun 17, 2019
Iowa also has an excellent public education system, something that voters in many other states seem reluctant to pay for. And one of Iowa's senators for 30 years, Tom Harkin, was quite liberal and the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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level 59
May 25, 2019
Coming in at 11th place, is my home state of California with 9.47%
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level 57
Jun 17, 2019
While I know that California property taxes are surprisingly low, it is still stunning to not see the state in the top ten
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level 70
May 26, 2019
How about a quiz on which states (or better yet, countries) have the lowest tax rates for the wealthy and on companies?
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level ∞
May 30, 2019
Ireland seems to be a popular choice for corporations such as Google and Apple.
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level 59
Jun 5, 2019
Well, since you mentioned it. I made a version with the lowest tax burden here.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2019
Compare this list with "best states to live in/raise children" I bet there is a correlation.
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level 61
Sep 4, 2019
What's the lowest?
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level 59
Sep 4, 2019
Good question, you can find that answer out in the follow-up quiz I made linked in an earlier comment