The Top Five Worst Taxed States – Illinois Worst of the Worst

Once again, we see that the worst run states in America — the ones that tax their citizens to death for little in return — are mostly all deep blue states and Illinois leads the pack.

A recent survey of the states with the heaviest tax burden on their poor and middle classes was conducted by Wallethub this month and wouldn’t you know it, but the top five most-taxed are mostly all blue states.

Wallethub didn’t just look at each state’s income tax rate to create its list. It also added all the nickel and dimeing at the state, county, and local levels to assess each state’s tax burden.

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The deep, deep blue state of Washington is a perfect example. Wallethub noted that “while the state of Washington’s citizens don’t pay income tax, they still end up spending over 8% of their annual income on sales and excise taxes.”

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As the company said in its study:

As this year’s tax-filing deadline, April 15, comes closer, it’s fair to wonder which states give their taxpayers more of a break. WalletHub searched for answers by comparing state and local tax rates in the 50 states and the District of Columbia against national medians. To illustrate, we calculated relative income-tax obligations by applying the effective income-tax rates in each state and locality to the average American’s income.

The site discovered that only one of the worst five states on its list is very red (Kansas), although Pennsylvania has seesawed back and forth from red to blue.

The worst of the worst list has deep blue Illinois at its top:
1). Illinois
2). Connecticut
3). New York
4). Pennsylvania
5). Kansas

The site also came up with an interesting graphic comparing the states on a variety of taxes:

In any case, if you are looking to move ti lighten your tax burden, Wallethub has some food for thought.

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