As this year’s April 18 tax-filing deadline approaches, WalletHub, a personal finance website, looked across the U.S. to determine which states impose the heaviest tax burden on residents and which ones give them more of a break.
Researchers found big differences among states when it comes to state and local taxes. Taxpayers in the most tax-expensive states pay three times more than those in the cheapest states — on top of more than $10,000 in federal income taxes the average U.S. household pays.
They also found that low income taxes do not always mean low taxes overall. Take Washington state, where residents pay no income tax but spend upward of 8% of their annual income on sales and excise taxes.
WalletHub identified the states with the highest and lowest tax rates by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four types of taxation: real estate tax, vehicle property tax, income tax, and sales and excise tax.
See the gallery for the 12 states with the highest taxes in the country.