Tax season is upon us, not exactly the happiest time of year. • If it helps, maybe just a little, many of you will only have to work a couple of more weeks before you hit Tax Freedom Day. • That's right, the average Floridian worked until April 11 last year to pay off all federal, state and local taxes. The rest of the year was money in their pocket, at least according to the Tax Foundation. • Florida was the 16th state to celebrate tax freedom last year. Mississippi was first (March 26) and Connecticut was last (May 2). • How does Florida compare in some other tax measures?
42 Florida's rank on the list for state tax collections with $1,680 per capita. Alaska was highest with $6,395, and South Carolina lowest with $1,475. (2010 data)
5th Florida's rank on the list of most favorable tax climates for business in 2012. Wyoming was most favorable, New Jersey least favorable.
Florida's tax on gasoline per gallon, 10th highest. New York was highest, with 49 cents per gallon, and Alaska the lowest with 8 cents.
Florida's tax on beer per gallon, eighth highest. Wyoming was the lowest at 2 cents, and Alaska the highest at $1.05 (as of Sept. 1).
Florida's state and local cellphone tax rate, fourth highest. Nebraska was the highest at 18.64 percent, and Oregon the lowest at 1.81 percent (as of July 1, 2010).
$2,155 Florida state debt per capita, ranking it No. 41. Massachusetts was highest, owing $11,310 per capita, more than 12 times higher than the $922 average in lowest ranked Tennessee (fiscal year 2009).