President Obama recently gave a lengthy speech on inequality, poverty, and what to do about it. He claimed inequality is increasing, which is debatable, and then offered a few populist ways to reduce it, such as raising...
- State and Local Tax Burdens: All States, One Year, 1977 - 2010
State and Local Tax Burdens: All States, One Year, 1977 - 2010
For nearly two decades the Tax Foundation has published an estimate of the combined state-local tax burden shouldered by the residents of each of the 50 states. For each state, we calculate the total amount paid by the residents in taxes, then divide those taxes by the state's total income to compute a "tax burden." We make this calculation not only for the most recent year but also for earlier years because tax and income data are revised periodically by government agencies.
The goal is to focus not on the tax collectors but on the taxpayers. That is, we answer the question: What percentage of their income are the residents of this state paying in state and local taxes? We are not trying to answer the question: How much money have state and local governments collected?
More information on state-local tax burdens:
Tax Foundation Background Paper No. 65: "Annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking."
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Hearing of the Indiana Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy
November 18, 2013
Chairperson Hershman, Members of the Commission:
My name is...
This study provides an in-depth discussion of the distribution of U.S. tax and spending policies across various subgroups of the population, mainly income groups, from 2000-2012. The study finds that in calendar year 2012, governments at all...
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