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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Comparative Tax Burdens in America's Largest Cities

Natwar M. Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer of the Government of the District of Columbia, has released Tax Rates and Tax Burdens In The District of Columbia - A Nationwide Comparison:

The reports contain information about the rates and burdens of major taxes in the District of Columbia compared with states and other large cities in the United States. This publication contains two reports: (I) Tax burdens in Washington, D.C., Compared with Those in the Largest City in Each State, 2004 and (II) A Comparison of Selected Tax Rates in the District of Columbia with Those in the 50 States: A Compendium of Tables. This information is requested annually by committees of the U.S. Congress and the District of Columbia Council and is provided pursuant to Public Law 93-407.

There is a wealth of fascinating tax data in the 65-page report, including rankings of the largest cities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia by levels of tax progressivity, as well as by the tax burden faced by a family of four earning $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, and $150,000.  Here is a taste:

Ranking of Cities by Tax Progressivity

1. Columbia, SC

2. New Orleans, LA

3. New York, NY

4. Boise, ID

5. Wichita, KS

47. Anchorage, AK

48. Seattle, WA

49. Memphis, TN

50. Sioux Falls, SD

51. Las Vegas, NV

Tax Burden on Family of Four Earning $25,000 Per Year

City

Tax Burden

1. Newark, NJ

12.4%

2. Bridgeport, CT

11.5%

3. Philadelphia, PA

11.4%

4. Detroit, MI

9.8%

5. Los Angeles, CA

9.7%

Average

7.1%

47. Wichita, KS

4.3%

48. New Orleans, LA

4.3%

49. Cheyenne, WY

4.2%

50. Columbia, SC

4.2%

51. Jacksonville, FL

2.7%

Tax Burden on Family of Four Earning $150,000 Per Year

City

Tax Burden

1. New York, NY

15.1%

2. Bridgeport, CT

14.2%

3. Philadelphia, PA

12.7%

4. Los Angeles, CA

12.7%

5. Newark, NJ

12.5%

Average

9.3%

47. Sioux Falls, SD

5.0%

48. Las Vegas, NV

4.5%

49. Jacksonville, FL

4.5%

50. Anchorage, AK

3.8%

51. Cheyenne, WY

3.6%

Today's Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on the study, Tax Burden Is Rising, Survey Finds, by Rafael Gerena-Morales.

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