2018 Tax Rates by State

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Tax season can be stressful for the millions of Americans who owe money to Uncle Sam. Every year, the average U.S. household pays more than $5,700 in federal income taxes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while we’re all faced with that same obligation, there is significant difference when it comes to state and local taxes. Taxpayers in the most tax-expensive states, for instance, pay three times more than those in the cheapest states.
Surprisingly, though, low income taxes don’t always mean low taxes as a whole. For example, while the state of Washington’s citizens don’t pay income tax, they still end up spending over 8% of their annual income on sales and excise taxes. Texas residents also don’t pay income tax, but spend 1.86% of their income on real estate taxes, one of the highest rates in the country. Compare these to California, where residents owe a little over 4% of their income in sales and excise taxes, and just 0.79% in real estate tax.
As this year’s tax-filing deadline, April 17, comes closer, it’s fair to wonder which states give their taxpayers more of a break. WalletHub searched for answers by comparing state and local tax rates in the 50 states and the District of Columbia against national medians. To illustrate, we calculated relative income-tax obligations by applying the effective income-tax rates in each state and locality to the average American’s income. Click Here for the complete ranking, commentary from a panel of tax experts and a full description of our methodology.

About Jeff Stone

I'm a Realtor with COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE - Port Washington. My designations are Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Resort & Second Property Specialist (RSPS), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) & Realtor Short Sale Professional (RSSP). I'm the Recipient of the 2104 National, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Outstanding Service Award. I am a former Executive Chef in the New York Hotel & Restaurant Industry. I was also a Caterer/ Business Owner, supplying foods to the Entertainment, Hotel, Restaurant & for Special Events. I love the Outdoors (kayaking and hiking), Fishing, Cooking, Art, Networking & most of all, Volunteering within my community of Port Washington, NY. Jeffreystone.realtor
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