Washington ranks near bottom for taxes per income

February 5, 2013

By Staff

 NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Washington ranked near the bottom in state and local taxes paid per $1,000 of personal income in 2010, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data published by the state Department of Revenue.

Washingtonians paid $96.08 in taxes for every $1,000 in income, the second-lowest rate in 50 years. Officials recorded the lowest rate in 2009 at $93.24 per $1,000 in income.

Even though 2010 taxes climbed higher than in 2009, Washington dropped a notch among the states from its 35th ranking in 2009 to 36th in 2010 because taxes in some other states increased more.

The report — released by the Department of Revenue on Jan. 4 — also tracked taxes per capita. Washington ranked 21st at $4,016 in taxes per capita in 2010, below the national average $4,147.

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One Response to “Washington ranks near bottom for taxes per income”

  1. John Williams on February 6th, 2013 9:55 am

    While we might pay less ‘taxes” maybe they should re-examine the numbers to include “user fees,” tolls, license fees, and other things we pay.

    A dollar spent to support a large and bloated government more committed to the needs of the teachers unions and state employee unions than to the real good of the citizenry by any other name is still a dollar out of the pocket of the hard working taxpayer even if it’s not called a tax.

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