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Monday Map: Percentage of Itemizers by State

By: Nick Kasprak

(Note: this map has been corrected since it was first published. An incorrect percentage for the District of Columbia has been fixed.)

President Obama reiterated his call for higher taxes on the rich today, claiming that high income earners often pay 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. es at relatively low effective rates, due to various deductions and low capital gains rates. Part of his proposed remedy is what he calles the “Buffett Rule” – while the details are scarce, it’s been described as a new AMT that requires high income earners to pay a minimum effective rate, thus negating the effects of many deductions and preferential rates. He also has a separate proposal which would limit the ultimate value of itemized deductionItemized deductions allow individuals to subtract designated expenses from their taxable income and can be claimed in lieu of the standard deduction. Itemized deductions include those for state and local taxes, charitable contributions, and mortgage interest. An estimated 13.7 percent of filers itemized in 2019, most being high-income taxpayers. s to 28% of their amount, even if one is paying a higher marginal rate.

Since these proposals primarily affect itemizers, we made a map showing which states have the most:


Click on the map to enlarge it.

Previous Monday Maps here.