As Tax Day approaches in just one month, a new report finds a huge divide between tax rates throughout the 50 states, with New Yorkers the most heavily burdened with an average bill of $9,718, 40 percent higher than the national average.
WalletHub provided Secrets with its “2014 Report on States with the Highest & Lowest Taxes” that also found that conservative “red” states tax far less than liberal “blue” states, New York being just one example.
Even blue states with Republican leadership, like New Jersey, tax high. New Jersey ranked eighth highest with a total state tax bill of $8,830. Wyoming is on the bottom with an average tax of $2,365. Around the Beltway, Virginia was lowest at $7,333, followed by the District at $8,034 and finally Maryland at $8,571.
WalletHub adds together about 10 different taxes, including state and local income taxes, booze taxes and those on telecommunications. They found that the average bill is $7,000, though residents of only 22 states pay that or less.
The report indicates that the level of state and local taxes has a lot to do with economic mobility and wealth, suggesting that families on the move consider those levies before deciding where to relocate to.
States with the Lowest Taxes (vs. National Avg.)
South Dakota (-46%)
North Dakota (-20%)
States with the Highest Taxes (vs. National Avg.)
New Jersey (+27%)
New York (+40%)Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.