A MoneyGeek study including IRS, state, property and sales taxes listed Fla. as the No. 4 least-expensive tax state. Total tax costs are about 5.6% of total income.
TAMPA, Fla. – It’s tax filing season and depending on where you live in the U.S., you could be forking over a very different-sized chunk of your income.
An analysis by MoneyGeek ranked every state by how “tax-friendly” it is. The analysts didn’t just look at income tax – they also factored in property taxes, plus state and local sales taxes.
To determine where people pay the highest tax burden, MoneyGeek looked at a hypothetical average family: a married couple with one kid, earning the median national income of $82,852, owning a $349,400 home. The study breaks down how much this fictional family would pay in taxes in every state.
The states with the lowest tax burden, according to the analysis, were:
- Wyoming (estimated taxes: 4% of income or $3,279)
- Nevada (estimated taxes: 4.7% of income or $3,879)
- Alaska (estimated taxes: 5.4% of income or $4,507)
- Florida (estimated taxes: 5.6% of income or $4,632)
- Tennessee (estimated taxes: 6.5% of income or $5,377)
- Washington (estimated taxes: 6.5% of income or $5,414)
- North Dakota (estimated taxes: 6.7% of income or $5,556)
- Arizona (estimated taxes: 6.8% of income or $5,665)
- South Dakota (estimated taxes: 7.2% of income or $5,938)
- Delaware (estimated taxes: 7.3% of income or $6,074)
The states with the highest tax burden were:
- Illinois (estimated taxes: 16.8% of income or $13,894)
- Connecticut (estimated taxes: 15.1% of income or $12,545)
- New Jersey (estimated taxes: 14.3% of income or $11,872)
- New Hampshire (estimated taxes: 14.1% of income or $11,694)
- New York (estimated taxes: 13.9% of income or $11,495)
- Iowa (estimated taxes: 13.8% of income or $11,398)
- Wisconsin (estimated taxes: 13.2% of income or $10,976)
- Vermont (estimated taxes: 12.6% of income or $10,453)
- Nebraska (estimated taxes: 12.6% of income or $10,446)
- Michigan (estimated taxes: 12.4% of income or $10,239)
Based on its analysis, MoneyGeek also gave every state a letter grade on its “tax friendliness.” The states with A grades have the lowest tax burden on an “average” family, while the states with D or E grades have the highest tax burden.
MoneyGeek’s estimates only hold true for that hypothetical family,earning about $82,000 a year with a $349,000 house. A family who just bought a $1 million house in California would probably be paying a lot more in taxes, while a single person earning $40,000 in Texas would be paying less.
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