Are Your Taxes Too High?

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As the deadline for tax season nears, the pain taxpayers are feeling varies by state. A new survey finds that people in certain parts of the country are far more likely to say their taxes are too high.

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On average, 50 percent of Americans across the country believe their state tax bills are too high, according to Gallup. In fact, 19 states are within five percentage points of that figure, while 17 states are above. States like Maryland, Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are all well above the average, with two-thirds or more of residents there saying their taxes are too high.

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“From a broad regional perspective, Americans’ dissatisfaction with their own state’s taxes tends to be highest in the Northeast, as residents in all states in this region except New Hampshire tilt negative,” said Gallup. “But several other states in which large majorities say taxes are too high are scattered around the country. The states whose residents are least likely to say taxes are too high are primarily found in the Northern Plains, Rockies, and South, but Alaska, Delaware, and New Hampshire also belong in this group.”

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New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are the most likely of any state’s residents to say they pay too much in taxes. About three in four adults in these states say their taxes are too high, which is four times higher than residents of Wyoming, where only 19 percent say their state taxes are too high. Alaska and South Dakota round out the bottom three at 21 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

“According to the most recent Tax Foundation estimates, residents in five states — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, and Wisconsin — pay 11 percent or more of their income, on average, in state and local taxes. And Gallup’s state data find 69 percent of the residents in these, on average, saying their state taxes are too high, well above the 50 percent average for all states. By contrast, in Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, and Louisiana – the six states averaging less than 8 percent in state and local taxes – the average level of concern that taxes are too high is just 34 percent,” said Gallup.

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