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Report: Connecticut's Tax Burden Ranked Third Highest in U.S.

When state and local taxes are combined, Connecticut ranks below only New York and New Jersey.

Connecticut has the distinction of being one of just three states in the nation with a tax burden higher than 12 percent. Connecticut has ranked third for seven years in a row.

Since 2005, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have occupied the top three spots in the Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of state and local taxes. The most recent data was compiled from the fiscal year 2010.

Resource-rich states typically fared the best on the list, as Alaska had the lowest tax burden by shifting taxes to non-residents.

“Resource-rich states, such as Alaska and Wyoming, are only the most dramatic examples of tax exporting,” said Tax Foundation economist Elizabeth Malm, in a written statement. “Major tourist destinations like Nevada and Florida are able to lower residents’ burden by taxing tourists, who are often nonresidents. Nationwide, over a quarter of all state and local taxes are collected from nonresidents.”

Although Connecticut has one of the highest sales tax rates in the country, a report from earlier this year states Connecticut actually ranks 31st because - unlike many other states - there is no local sales tax.

New England States Ranking Tax Burden Connecticut 3 12.3 percent Rhode Island 6 10.6 percent Massachusetts 8 10.4 percent Maine 9 10.3 percent Vermont 13 10.1 percent New Hampshire 44 8.1.
dave October 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM
are you happy danny? to follow such states in fiscal turmoil, to follow the lead to the path to destruction? who voted for this buffoon?
JHS October 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I'm sure the Democrats of the state will blame it on Republicans. But of course the Democrats have controlled the state legislature for year. Malloy in his first budget spend 900 million more even through there was already a deficit. His Busway, and First Five bribery program just keep making the whole deeper. So electing more Democrats you can expect, more taxes, regulations and less jobs. Have fun voters.
Ellen O'Shea October 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Democrats never saw a tax they didn't love. They'd put a tax on poverty if they could. Watch how they vote to re-elect the same guy who brought them the distinction of bringing them the third highest tax burden in the United States.
Southbury Resident October 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM
In other news Democrats lead in CT polls.. LOl people here have something seriously wrong with their heads. CT will end up like Michigan where you can buy 2000 sqF homes for $5000. Aaand Despite high taxes budget hole is getting bigger. Can't wait to move away from this State. Few more years and I am gone.
meowkats4 October 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Doesn't anyone see Mr. TAX and SPEND Malloy is trying to bankrupt the STATE!! Yet the out cry from the tax payers is to pack up and run away!!! Why DON'T YOU stand-up and flood the news papers and our Liberal News media to get the facts out on how you feel/stop the run away spending. Get people involved, get your neighbors, your church members and speak-up! Running away to another state that has their problems, will just put you in another situation!! Wake-up the good old USA is slowly changing into a Government you don't want!!! It is called "Socialism" brought to you by BIG GOVERNMENT!!!

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