Wisconsin residents pay $4,588 per capita in key state tax levies, study finds

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The share of income paid by Wisconsin residents for these three taxes represented the 18th highest state tax burden among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., the HireAHelper website reported. The state’s residents paid 3.25% of their income on property taxes, according to the website, which provides moving services.

Wisconsin residents pay 8.9% of their income per capita toward property, income and sales taxes – or $4,588 per person – according to a new study examining tax burdens in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The analysis points out that some states, such as North Dakota and Alaska, rely heavily on severance taxes on oil, natural gas and other resources so that taxes on individuals remain relatively low.

The percentages of income going toward the state taxes vary significantly among the states, the study said, from nearly 13% in New York to just over 5% in Alaska, researchers said. The study uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to measure state tax revenues collected as a share of states’ total personal income per year.

States in the Northeast tend to impose the highest tax burdens on individuals, while states in the South have lower tax burdens, researchers said.


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Rank State Property, Income and Sales Taxes as a Percentage of Income Annual Property, Income and Sales Taxes Per Person Property Taxes as a Percentage of Income Income Taxes as a Percentage of Income Sales Taxes as a Percentage of Income
1 New York 12.80% $8,781 4.41% 4.96% 3.43%
2 Hawaii 12.23% $6,755 2.46% 3.10% 6.68%
3 District of Columbia 11.63% $9,435 4.60% 3.63% 3.40%
4 Vermont 10.92% $5,827 5.12% 2.45% 3.35%
5 Connecticut 10.67% $7,985 4.15% 3.64% 2.88%
6 Maine 10.52% $5,136 4.61% 2.46% 3.45%
7 New Jersey 10.06% $6,809 4.98% 2.49% 2.59%
8 Minnesota 10.02% $5,746 2.87% 3.69% 3.46%
9 Rhode Island 9.75% $5,312 4.47% 2.31% 2.98%
10 California 9.49% $6,029 2.64% 3.78% 3.06%
11 Illinois 9.48% $5,410 3.98% 2.10% 3.39%
12 Maryland 9.43% $5,905 2.70% 3.94% 2.79%
13 Kansas 9.40% $4,818 3.13% 2.29% 3.98%
14 Iowa 9.27% $4,640 3.39% 2.53% 3.35%
15 Nebraska 9.08% $4,793 3.80% 2.32% 2.96%
16 Mississippi 9.01% $3,403 2.80% 1.64% 4.56%
17 Ohio 8.96% $4,365 2.78% 2.54% 3.64%
18 Wisconsin 8.90% $4,588 3.25% 2.72% 2.92%
19 Louisiana 8.83% $4,079 1.93% 1.51% 5.39%
20 Arkansas 8.80% $3,806 1.79% 2.20% 4.81%
21 Massachusetts 8.78% $6,288 3.57% 3.29% 1.92%
22 West Virginia 8.78% $3,614 2.31% 2.62% 3.85%
23 Kentucky 8.61% $3,639 2.00% 3.18% 3.43%
24 Pennsylvania 8.49% $4,755 2.83% 2.53% 3.14%
25 Michigan 8.47% $4,040 3.07% 2.26% 3.14%
26 Washington 8.33% $5,174 2.64% 0.00% 5.68%
27 Colorado 8.25% $4,855 2.74% 2.24% 3.26%
28 Utah 8.19% $3,842 2.28% 2.69% 3.22%
29 Oregon 8.19% $4,209 3.02% 4.12% 1.04%
30 New Mexico 8.19% $3,407 2.00% 1.44% 4.75%
31 Arizona 8.16% $3,630 2.52% 1.42% 4.21%
32 Indiana 8.12% $3,844 2.18% 2.04% 3.90%
33 Nevada 8.11% $4,048 2.09% 0.00% 6.03%
34 Texas 8.08% $4,123 3.86% 0.00% 4.22%
35 North Carolina 8.06% $3,725 2.15% 2.63% 3.28%
36 Virginia 7.86% $4,545 2.93% 2.86% 2.06%
37 Missouri 7.85% $3,695 2.28% 2.40% 3.17%
38 Georgia 7.84% $3,678 2.57% 2.36% 2.91%
39 Idaho 7.78% $3,461 2.29% 2.35% 3.14%
40 North Dakota 7.78% $4,327 2.95% 0.87% 3.95%
41 South Carolina 7.42% $3,259 2.76% 1.99% 2.68%
42 Alabama 7.37% $3,147 1.40% 1.94% 4.03%
43 Montana 7.36% $3,540 3.55% 2.54% 1.26%
44 South Dakota 7.35% $3,853 3.01% 0.00% 4.34%
45 Oklahoma 7.19% $3,295 1.68% 1.93% 3.58%
46 Florida 6.86% $3,489 2.70% 0.00% 4.16%
47 New Hampshire 6.83% $4,192 5.47% 0.13% 1.24%
48 Delaware 6.17% $3,260 1.76% 3.23% 1.18%
49 Wyoming 6.11% $3,709 3.32% 0.00% 2.80%
50 Tennessee 5.70% $2,694 1.69% 0.08% 3.93%
51 Alaska 5.04% $3,030 3.64% 0.00% 1.40%

Source: HireAHelper.com

Tax Burdens Imposed by the 50 States

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