Though the state and federal income tax deadlines have been extended to May due to the ongoing pandemic and the dispersal of economic stimulus payments, April is still considered the _ month for taxation.
Personal financial website WalletHub recently compared the 50 states across three components of state tax burden — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income.
We take a look at the comprehensive findings in this week’s Map Monday.
|States with Highest Tax Burdens (%)||States with Lowest Tax Burdens (%)|
|1. New York (12.79%)||T-40. Alabama (7.45%)|
|2. Hawaii (12.19%)||T-40. Montana (7.45%)|
|3. Vermont (10.75%)||T-40. South Carolina (7.45%)|
|4. Maine (10.50%)||43. South Dakota (7.37%)|
|5. Connecticut (10.44%)||44. Oklahoma (7.13%)|
|6. Minnesota (9.99%)||45. Florida (6.97%)|
|7. New Jersey (9.98%)||46. New Hampshire (6.84%)|
|8. Rhode Island (9.69%)||47. Delaware (6.21%)|
|9. Illinois (9.52%)||48. Wyoming (6.14%)|
|10. California (9.48%)||49. Tennessee (5.74%)|
|11.Kansas (9.36%)||50. Alaska (5.10%)|
As for the Peach State, Georgia ranked No. 35. Our state ranked 33rd for property tax burden, 23rd for individual income tax burden, and 36th for Sales & Excise tax burden.
7.91% of the income of Georgians, on average, went to state-oriented taxes – 2.59% for property taxes, 2.38% for individual income taxes, and 2.94% for sales and excise tax burdens.
Key Stats – Tax Facts Infographic
- 79% of Americans don’t know if they’ll owe income taxes on their stimulus checks (they won’t).
- Americans spend 8 billion hours doing taxes each year. The average person spends 12 hours and $230 completing their 1040.
- 90% of tax returns are expected to be filed electronically. The average refund in 2021 is $3,021, as of 2/26/2021.
- 30% of people say making a math mistake is their biggest Tax Day fear, and 29% worry most about not having enough money. That edges out identity theft (22%) and getting audited (19%).
- 38% of Americans would move to a different country and 27% would get an “IRS” tattoo for a tax-free future.
- 50% of people would rather do jury duty than their taxes. 1 in 4 would prefer talking to their kids about sex. More than 10% would swim with sharks, spend the night in jail and drink expired milk.