10 Cities With Some of the Highest Taxes in America

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Benjamin Franklin knew we’d never escape taxes, and he probably also knew that Americans would never stop complaining about the money they shell out to their local, state, and federal governments. We might be a deeply polarized nation and disagree about almost everything, but when it comes down to the basics, we all tend to believe that our individual tax burden is too high.

Thanks to a recent report, you can see just how bad your tax rate is, compared to people living across the country. Each year, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer in Washington, D.C. compiles an analysis of the tax burdens citizens face in 51 major jurisdictions in the United States, including D.C. The purpose of the report is to show legislators how the tax rate compares to other cities, especially since Washington, D.C. needs to tax its citizens like a local government and a state, not to mention the federal taxes levied on top of that. In the midst of the report, we can see which jurisdictions tax their citizens the most.

Of course, cities set up their governments differently and have varying costs, meaning the tax rate fluctuates from place to place. Your school district, your township, borough, or city, and your state all require different levels of payment to provide you with services. It can be difficult to compare how much you’re actually paying compared to people living across the country, but we can get a pretty good picture of that when we look at the latest report out of D.C., which was released in December 2015 – just when taxes start to be on the brain.

The report compiles the taxes levied in each jurisdiction from income, property, sales, and automobile fees, and compares the burdens for a typical family of three. The report includes hypothetical burdens for that family at five different income levels: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, and $150,000.

Because the latest census shows that the median household income in the United States is $53,657, we’ll list the 10 cities with the highest tax burden at the $50,000 income level. However, check out the full report to see the cities with the highest tax burdens at all income levels. Notably, Washington D.C. does not appear in the top 10 highest tax burdens at the $50,000 level, but was at the No. 10 spot at the $25,000 threshold. In all other income categories, it ranks in the 30s.

How does your tax bill compare to the worst ones in the nation? Take a look.

10. Boston

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

  • Income tax: $2,017
  • Property tax: $2,022
  • Sales tax: $822
  • Auto tax: $293
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,153
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 10.3%

9. Kansas City, Mo.

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  • Income tax: $1,532
  • Property tax: $1,831
  • Sales tax: $1,462
  • Auto tax: $333
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,158
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 10.3%

8. Chicago

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  • Income tax: $2,066
  • Property tax: $1,693
  • Sales tax: $1,046
  • Auto tax: $368
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,173
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 10.3%

7. New York

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  • Income tax: $2,157
  • Property tax: $1,309
  • Sales tax: $1,673
  • Auto tax: $229
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,368
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 10.7%

6. Milwaukee

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  • Income tax: $1,051
  • Property tax: $3,449
  • Sales tax: $794
  • Auto tax: $266
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,559
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 11.1%

5. Baltimore

Baltimore Inner City Harbor

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  • Income tax: $1,965
  • Property tax: $3,008
  • Sales tax: $603
  • Auto tax: $282
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,857
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 11.7%

4. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • Income tax: $3,442
  • Property tax: $1,329
  • Sales tax: $936
  • Auto tax: $290
  • Tax burden, amount: $5,997
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 12.0%

3. Newark, N.J.

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  • Income tax: $564
  • Property tax: $4,928
  • Sales tax: $950
  • Auto tax: $135
  • Tax burden, amount: $6,577
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 13.2%

2. Bridgeport, Conn.

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  • Income tax: $523
  • Property tax: $4,953
  • Sales tax: $886
  • Auto tax: $393
  • Tax burden, amount: $6,755
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 13.5%

1. Detroit

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

  • Income tax: $2,679
  • Property tax: $3,316
  • Sales tax: $826
  • Auto tax: $175
  • Tax burden, amount: $6,996
  • Tax burden, percentage of income: 14.0%

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