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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Hawaii 2nd Highest Overall Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:50 PM :: 3895 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

From Wallet Hub, April, 12, 2016 (excerpt)

Only a week remains before Uncle Sam takes his cut from everyone’s earnings this past year. And many taxpayers are already wondering what that haircut on their finances will look like. However, with such a complex and convoluted tax code that’s further complicated by how taxes are imposed on Americans based on their individual household characteristics, it’s hard to tell.

But one simple ratio, “tax burden,” cuts through the confusion and gives a straightforward answer. Not to be confused with tax rates, which fluctuate widely based on an individual’s particular circumstances, tax burden measures the exact portion of the total personal income of residents in a state that are paid toward state and local taxes.

To determine which states are most aggressive at taking their residents’ income, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across the three tax types that comprise state tax burden — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and gross receipts taxes — as a percentage of total personal income in the state. Scroll down for the results, expert commentary and a full description of our methodology.

Overall Rank


Total Tax Burden

Property Tax Burden

Individual Income Tax Burden

Total Sales & Gross Receipts Tax Burden

1 New York 13.12% 4.65% 4.76% 3.71%
2 Hawaii 11.86% 2.13% 2.78% 6.95%
3 Maine 11.13% 4.82% 2.91% 3.40%
3 Vermont 11.13% 5.20% 2.36% 3.57%
5 Connecticut 10.91% 4.39% 3.49% 3.03%

HAWAII – Highest total sales and gross receipts tax as percentage of personal income.


In order to identify the states that tax their residents the most and least aggressively, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across the following three tax burdens and added the results to obtain the overall tax burden for each state:

  • Property Tax as a Fraction of Personal Income
  • Individual Income Tax as a Fraction of Personal Income
  • Total Sales & Gross Receipts Tax as a Fraction of Personal Income

Sources: Data used to create these rankings were collected from the Tax Policy Center.


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