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The States With the Highest and Lowest Tax Burdens

Here is the overall tax rate residents pay in all 50 states, including property taxes and sales taxes.

Americans got a one-month reprieve to pay their taxes this year, but it doesn’t lessen the burden. Along with federal income tax, Americans in 43 states will pay state income tax. In most places consumers pay local taxes — sales tax on their purchases, and excise taxes on things like gas, tobacco, and alcohol. And if you don’t own a home, don’t think you’ve escaped the cost of property taxes, because that’s worked into the rent you pay.

All these taxes can drain your wallet and make your head spin. Tax burden is a simple ratio that can give you a sense of how much taxes you pay overall. Unlike tax rates, which vary based on one’s circumstances, tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes.

To find the tax burden of each state, WalletHub compared the 50 states across the three tax types of state tax burdens — property taxes, individual income taxes and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income in the state.

The range is fairly significant: New Yorkers have the greatest burden at 12.79%, while residents of the state with the lowest tax burden pay just over 5%. Here is the tax burden in all 50 states.

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