ON-Lion Letter

In January, the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., released its rankings of combined state-local tax burdens if fiscal-year 2012, when the burdens as a share of state incomes actually decreased because average incomes increased at a faster rate.

New Yorkers faced the highest burden, according to the Tax Foundation, with 12.7% of income in the state going to state and local taxes.  Connecticut (12.6%) and New Jersey (12.2%) followed closely behind.  On the other end of the spectrum, Alaska (6.5%), South Dakota (7.1%) and Wyoming (7.1%) had the lowest burdens.

On average, taxpayers pay the most in taxes to their own state and local governments.  In 2012, 78% of taxes collected were paid within the state of residence, up from 73% in 2011.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Tax Foundation.

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