States where residents pay the most and least taxes

States where residents pay the most and least taxes
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With tax day right around the corner (reminder: it’s April 18 this year!), WalletHub has released a list of states where residents bear the biggest tax burdens.

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Tax burdens ranked by state

To find out which states tax residents the most and least aggressively, analysts at WalletHub compared all 50 states across the following three tax burdens and added the results to come up with an overall tax burden for each state.

  • Property tax as a share of personal income
  • Individual income tax as a share of personal income
  • Total sales & excise tax as a share of personal income

“Not to be confused with tax rates, which vary widely based on an individual’s particular circumstances, tax burden measures the exact proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes,” Richie Bernardo wrote for

Perhaps unsurprisingly, New York topped the list with an overall tax burden of 12.94%. Hawaii, Vermont, Maine and Minnesota rounded out the top five.

The state with the lowest tax burden is Delaware at 5.59%, about half of New York’s rate.

Highest overall tax burden

1) New York — 12.94%
2) Hawaii — 11.27%
3) Vermont — 10.75%
4) Maine — 10.73%
5) Minnesota — 10.24%
6) Connecticut — 10.23%
7) New Jersey — 10.14%
8) Rhode Island — 10.09%
9) Illinois — 10.00%
10) California — 9.52%

Lowest overall tax burden

50) Delaware — 5.59%
49) Alaska — 6.27%
48) Tennessee — 6.45%
47) Oklahoma — 6.61%
46) New Hampshire — 6.70%
45) Florida — 6.79%
44) South Dakota — 7.12%
43) Alabama — 7.19%
42) Wyoming — 7.29%
41) Montana — 7.51%

The study ranked Georgia 32nd with an overall tax burden of 8.2% of total personal income. Scroll over this interactive map to see where your state landed on the list and get analysis at

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