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Tax Day: One Study Says Red States Have More “Tax Freedom” Than Blue States

Where does your state fall in the Tax Foundation's rankings of "Tax Freedom"?

By NTK Staff | 04.18.2017 @10:30am
Tax Day: One Study Says Red States Have More “Tax Freedom” Than Blue States

It’s Tax Day in America. Although many Americans are looking forward to refunds later this spring, it bears reminding that not all states are made equal when it comes to state and local tax burdens.

In fact, what separates the states with the lowest state and local taxes and the highest state and local taxes often comes down to a simple question: are Republicans in charge or are Democrats in charge?

In March, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation released its annual study comparing the state and local tax burdens in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They measure states by their “Tax Freedom” days; in other words, “how long into the year Americans work before they have earned enough money to pay all federal, state, and local taxes for the year.”

America’s eleven best states for tax freedom? Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, South Dakota, New Mexico, Alaska, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

Ten of those 11 states went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. In all 11, the GOP controls either the state legislature or the governor’s office in 2017, and in seven of eleven the GOP controls both.


American’s eleven worst states for tax freedom? Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, California, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Washington.

Ten of those 11 states went for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016. In 10 of 11, Democrats control either the state legislature or the governor’s office in 2017, and in five of eleven the Democrats control both.

It seems whether Americans have tax freedom in their state depends, in large part, on who’s in power.

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