State Taxes Make Inequality Worse: Meet the Real ‘Takers’

The Institute on Taxation Policy (yes, I need new hobbies) recently released a report that breaks down the percentage of people’s income that they pay in state and local taxes. What we find is a Republican’s wet dream–the supposed ‘takers’, the 47 percent take it in the chops:


Yes, the worse off you are, the more of your income you pay in state and local taxes. That’s the definition of a regressive tax system. What’s horrible is that there are no progressive tax systems in any state. Not one. The closest is Oregon:


California sort of gets it right:

californiastate taxes

Those are the best cases. But then there are South Dakota and Washington:



In other states, the second and third fifths pay a higher percentage of income than the poor, but the top fifth still pays the least. In terms of total revenue, in just about every state, the second and third fifths each generate more revenue than the top one percent. We have a system where the poorest get rocked, and the lower middle and middle classes carry the burden of government.

Good to know who the real ‘takers’ are…

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3 Responses to State Taxes Make Inequality Worse: Meet the Real ‘Takers’

  1. albanaeon says:

    Possibly the paramount dishonesty of the last election was “47% pay no taxes.” It should it have been laughed at by anyone who’s gotten a W2 ever (hey look FICA and Medicare and State taxes and everything on my very paltry work study position), or even checked a receipt and saw the word “tax” on it. But I guess it just resonated too much with a group that hates taxes and hates people they think don’t deserve any sort of help whatsoever. “The others get OUR PARADISE off our dime!!!” is tailored for the resentful privileged in our country and allows a whole bunch of truths of our broken society go unnoticed.

  2. Lorax says:

    FYI The link does not work (or did not for me).

  3. Barbara says:

    The reason taxation is so nearly equitable is that we have no sales tax.

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