January-to-September state tax revenues in Wisconsin were 8.2% below 2019 numbers

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Comparing just the second and third quarters of 2020 with the same period a year earlier, the state tax revenues in Wisconsin were 13% lower. This time period reflected the first six months when the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing in the United States.

During the first nine months of 2020, state tax revenues in Wisconsin came in at 8.2% below the same period a year earlier, the 13th greatest decline among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Tax Foundation.

A total of 10 states recorded higher revenue collections during the first three quarters of 2020, while such revenues were down by double digits in nine states during the same period.

Nationwide, state tax collections from January through September were down 4.4% – or a total of $37.4 billion – compared to the 2019 revenues, the Tax Foundation reported. Local revenues, however, were up $29.8 billion in 2020 over the same period in 2019, revealing the stability of local tax sources such as the property tax and, in some cases, the sales tax, the study found.


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The Paycheck Protection Program, as well as $535 billion in federal aid to state and local governments, helped to maintain employment levels and income tax revenues during the pandemic, the Tax Foundation study concluded.

RankStateQuarters 1 to 3 of 2020Quarters 2 & 3
1Alaska-25.80%-28.70%
2Connecticut-25.40%-36.90%
3North Dakota-22.70%-37.40%
4Hawaii-16.70%-26.00%
5Washington-15.60%-27.00%
6Iowa-13.60%-20.70%
7Massachusetts-12.60%-19.40%
8New Mexico-11.70%-14.40%
9Michigan-11.60%-3.30%
10Maryland-9.30%-15.00%
11Wyoming-9.00%-8.50%
12West Virginia-8.50%-11.90%
13Wisconsin-8.20%-13.00%
14Florida-8.00%-13.80%
15Texas-7.20%-11.80%
16Oklahoma-7.00%-9.20%
17Arizona-6.30%-7.80%
18Rhode Island-6.00%-11.10%
19New Jersey-5.70%-9.50%
20Oregon-5.00%-4.00%
21District of Columbia-4.50%-7.50%
22Minnesota-4.20%-5.70%
23Nevada-4.20%-8.00%
24Pennsylvania-4.00%-7.10%
25Utah-3.90%-9.10%
26California-3.60%-6.90%
27South Dakota-3.10%-7.30%
28New York-2.70%-7.00%
29New Hampshire-2.30%-5.40%
30Louisiana-1.90%-4.20%
31Missouri-1.60%-4.20%
32Virginia-1.50%-4.00%
33Mississippi-0.90%-3.10%
34Colorado-0.80%-3.00%
35Indiana-0.60%-3.70%
36Kansas-0.50%-5.70%
37South Carolina-0.40%-3.30%
38Delaware0.00%-1.30%
38Ohio0.00%-2.60%
40North Carolina0.10%-1.10%
41Kentucky0.40%-2.20%
42Maine1.20%-0.90%
43Georgia1.60%-0.30%
44Tennessee2.30%-1.50%
45Montana2.90%-0.70%
46Nebraska3.20%0.10%
47Vermont4.40%1.50%
48Alabama4.50%3.60%
49Arkansas6.40%6.80%
50Illinois7.80%3.20%
51Idaho12.20%10.20%

Source: Tax Foundation

State Tax Revenue Changes in First 9 Months of 2020

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