Weekly Map: State Income Tax Collections Per Capita

April 22, 2013

Today’s Weekly Map looks at state income tax collections per capita, for calendar year 2011. New York State, with its high marginal tax rates and wealthy tax base, collected the most – an average of $1,864 per resident. At the bottom of the list are seven states with no state income tax – Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Arizona collected the least income tax per capita ($444) of states that levied an income tax on wage income.

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A 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.

The tax base is the total amount of income, property, assets, consumption, transactions, or other economic activity subject to taxation by a tax authority. A narrow tax base is non-neutral and inefficient. A broad tax base reduces tax administration costs and allows more revenue to be raised at lower rates.