Report: Washington ranks 26th in state and local taxes compared to income

October 26, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2009

Washington ranks 26th highest nationwide in state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income, and the Evergreen State ranks 32nd highest in property taxes.

The numbers — from newly released federal data covering the 2007 fiscal year — show Washingtonians paid $109.25 in state and local taxes per $1,000 of personal income. The national average is $113.32 in state and local taxes.

From the Evergreen State total, $29.25 went to property taxes. The national average was higher: $34.04.

Washington ranked 15th in state and local taxes per capita at $4,269 — $35 more than the national average. The state ranked 27th per capita in property taxes at $1,143 — $129 less than the national average.

The figures do not reflect the economic downturn; widespread data from the recession will not show up until information for the 2009 fiscal year is available for all states.

The state Department of Revenue’s annual report is based on data published by the U.S. Census Bureau and the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The full report is available here.

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