Tax Foundation State and Local Tax Burden Estimates for 2008: An In-Depth Analysis and Methodological Overview

August 07, 2008

Working Paper No. 4

Each year the Tax Foundation releases state-local tax burdens for the residents of each state. The burdens are effective tax rates calculated by totaling state-local level taxes paid by taxpayers in each state, then dividing by their income. The burdens also reflect the economic incidence of taxes that are commonly shifted to out-of-state taxpayers. This paper will discuss how that analysis is conducted.

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