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How Florida stacks up nationally when it comes to paying taxes

It's the time of year when taxes weigh heavily on the mind for so many of us. Not only is the federal income tax filing deadline today, it is also traditionally about when Florida's Tax Freedom Day falls. Last year, the average Floridian worked until April 5 to pay all federal, state and local taxes for the year. That's about middle of the pack compared with other states. Alaskans get there fastest (March 26). They take the longest in Connecticut (April 27). So just how does Florida stack up when it comes to paying state taxes? Take a look. You might be surprised.

(All numbers per capita for fiscal year 2009, unless otherwise noted.)

The big picture

State tax collections

1. Alaska: $7,145

44. Florida: $1,729

50. South Carolina: $1,577

U.S. average: $2,339

State and local tax burden

1. Connecticut ($7,256)

21. Florida ($3,897)

50. Mississippi ($2,678)

State revenue (per capita)

1. Alaska ($16,629)

30. Florida ($3,476)

50. Tennessee ($3,775)

What we pay

State income tax

1. New York ($1,889)

44. Florida ($0), along with six other states that don't collect income tax.

General sales tax collections

1. Hawaii ($1,906)

4. Florida ($1,040)

46. Five tied with $0

Property taxes

1. New Jersey ($2,625)

10. Florida ($1,649)

50. Alaska ($495)

Business' burden

Corporate income tax collections

1. Alaska ($912)

29. Florida ($99)

47. Four tied with $0

Overall business tax climate index (July 1, 2010)

1. South Dakota (most favorable)

5. Florida

50. New York (least favorable)

Consumer taxes

State gas taxes (per gallon; Jan. 1, 2011)

1. California (47.7 cents)

9. Florida (34.4 cents)

50. Alaska (8 cents)

State and local cell phone tax rate

(Jan. 1, 2010)

1. Nebraska (18.64 percent)

4. Florida (16.57 percent)

50. Oregon (1.81 percent)

Sin taxes (state taxes only as of Jan. 1, 2011)

Cigarettes (per 20-pack)

1. New York ($4.35)

25. Florida ($1.34)

50. Missouri ($0.17)

Wine (per gallon)

1. Alaska ($2.50)

2. Florida ($2.25)

45. Louisiana ($0.11)

* Rates for five states where the government controls all sales were not calculated.

Beer (per gallon)

1. Alaska ($1.07)

8. Florida ($0.48)

50. Wyoming ($0.02)

Compiled by Graham Brink, Times Staff Writer

Source: Tax Foundation

How Florida stacks up nationally when it comes to paying taxes 04/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, April 17, 2011 8:01pm]
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