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Council on State Taxation Scores the States on Tax Administration

By: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

COST’s periodically updated report ranking the states on taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. administration efficiency and customer-focus is here.

Among states ranking the highest in the 2010 Scorecard are Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, and Montana. Those states that rank the lowest are California, Florida, Louisiana and Rhode Island. It is critical to note that a state’s grade-whether low or high-is not a reflection on those charged with administering that state’s taxes, but rather a reflection of the laws under which they are required to work.