Best States for Middle-Class Taxpayers
Few people like paying taxes, but some have more reason to gripe about their tax burden than others. A study from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that a vast majority of state and local tax systems in the United States tax low- and middle-income families at much higher rates than wealthy families. This is due in large part to the lack of a graduated personal income tax in many states, as well as an overreliance on consumption taxes such as retail sales taxes, excise taxes, and value-added taxes. One of the key takeaways of the study (which excludes elderly taxpayers) is that the tax structures in a staggering 45 states exacerbate income inequality. Cheapism took a closer look at the ITEP data, which was published in 2018, following implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to identify which states in the country are best for middle-class taxpayers and which are worst.