State/Local Taxes: Pretty Flat, if Not Regressive

April 17th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I ushered in tax day this morning with a post in praise of progressivity in the federal tax code.  I should have pointed out that you don’t see that at all—to the contrary—in the state and local tax code.

Courtesy of the great Citizens for Tax Justice, here are effective rates (tax liability as a share of income) by income group with federal next to state/local.  The former is a staircase (though less steep than it used to be), the latter, essentially flat, though if anything, slightly regressive at the top.

Source: CTJ

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2 comments in reply to "State/Local Taxes: Pretty Flat, if Not Regressive"

  1. JZ says:

    Jared, that State-Local graph looks rather markedly regressive to me.


  2. Jill SH says:

    And you should see the ski jump in a state where 65% of the state and local taxes are property taxes. Oh, but we don’t have a sales or income tax! It’s known at the New Hampshire advantage.

    Just don’t live in your home too long. Property taxes rise on an average of 6-7% a year, with no circuit breaker.


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