State taxes not bad, comparatively speaking

August 3, 2010

By Staff

Washingtonians shell out a smaller percentage of their income in state and local taxes than residents in 29 other states, a report issued July 27 by the state Department of Revenue shows.

Evergreen State residents paid $105.49 in state and local taxes per $1,000 of personal income during the 2008 fiscal year, compared to the $111.99 national average. The state ranked 26th in 2007.

Washingtonians paid, on average, $4,354 in taxes during 2008 — just less than the $4,371 national average.

The report also compared property taxes.

Washington ranked No. 34 in property taxes per $1,000 personal income in 2008 — up from No. 32 in 2007.

Washingtonians paid $28.82 per $1,000 in property taxes. The national average: $34.49.

Washington ranked 26th in property taxes per capita at $1,189, or $57 less than the national average.

The report used information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau offers the only source of tax data for all states. The figures do not reflect the sharp drop in tax revenues from the 2009 fiscal year.

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