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Monday Map: State Income and Sales Tax Deductions

By: Nick Kasprak

Today’s Monday Map shows which states benefit from the federal income tax deductionA tax deduction is a provision that reduces taxable income. A standard deduction is a single deduction at a fixed amount. Itemized deductions are popular among higher-income taxpayers who often have significant deductible expenses, such as state and local taxes paid, mortgage interest, and charitable contributions. for state taxes. Taxpayers can elect to deduct either state income or sales taxes, but not both; in most states, the income 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. deduction is worth more. New Yorkers deducted state taxes worth 6.16% of their income, to take the top spot. Alaska, where state income and sales taxA sales tax is levied on retail sales of goods and services and, ideally, should apply to all final consumption with few exemptions. Many governments exempt goods like groceries; base broadening, such as including groceries, could keep rates lower. A sales tax should exempt business-to-business transactions which, when taxed, cause tax pyramiding. deductions amounted to only 0.26% of the state’s income, comes in last. (Alaska has no income tax, no state sales tax, and small local sales taxes.)


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