10 states with low tax burdens

Not all states are equal, especially when it comes to local taxes. Find out which states' residents enjoy low -- or no -- sales, property or income taxes.

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Apr 3, 2013 8:21AM
Well the verdict is clear.... the most states with the least tax burdens are republican controlled.
Apr 8, 2013 6:45AM
if your democrat and complaining this is what you voted for.
Apr 8, 2013 7:41AM
..oh, and yes states with the lowest taxes are Red...that's because we do not want to carry the worthless butts of people who won't work and multiply like rabbitts; another thing all of us are sick and tired of; bleeding heart Democrats and Liberals are pissing our hard earned money away on the worthless lazy tools who spit back in our faces; WE DO NOT OWE YOU ANYTHING !!! PS; I am a nice guy, I'm just tired of working hard and seeing my tax dollars given away...I worked for years in Baltimore Maryland..that's enough to make anyone cynical
Apr 3, 2013 12:09AM

I don't pay state income tax in Nevada, that's true.  But my $32,000 pickup I bought last year cost me over $500 to register.  And sales tax in Clark County is 8.1%  You get screwed by the man one way or the other.

Apr 2, 2013 11:12PM
You list Washington State as having a state sales tax of only 6.5% when in fact it's much higher than that (I know because I live in this state). It's 8.7% in Tumwater, WA which is just on the outskirts of the State Capitol. Not only that but we are also taxed excessively in other areas such as at the gas pump, licensing, property and oh, let's not forget about the mandatory Labor and Industries payroll deductions for each and every employee to pay. This is only on a personal level. Now what about the Businesses? You should research your information better MSN otherwise it's incomplete and misleading.
Apr 8, 2013 5:38AM

What did we all notice about the majority of the states that are best to live in for taxes? Mostly RED states. Not Washington of course, it is just an extension of Califoreignya, and not sure how it made the list...since taxes here get higher every time the legislature meets!


Bottom line, the states with low taxes, are the ones that spend their money wisely. That pretty much leaves out places like Califoreignya, Michigan, New York, New Jersey...etc!

Apr 8, 2013 7:54AM
The tax game is a shell game and nothing more.  While the Republicans have touted "no New Taxes" and want to claim success for relieving the tax burden, local taxes have risen, sales taxes have risen, and just about every other tax that could rise or arise has done so.  Shifting the burden does not relieve the burden.   Finally, to add insult to injury, they are willing to eliminate deductions that many middle class tax payers rely upon once again shifting the burden and in a sneaky way raising the tax burden.  The truth is simply that our politcal leaders legislate that we must treat them like royalty when in truth most are self serving selfish, greedy people. 
Apr 8, 2013 8:55AM
Government: You're lucky I didn't take it all. Now get back to work, I have a tee-time in an hour.
Apr 3, 2013 7:28AM
Some of these states have high property and school taxes to make up for lack of income tax.  Also subsidizing industries, such as cattle- low grazing fees on federal lands,  sugar, Amtrak and so much privileged legislation cost us all in legalized corruption. Propping up one industry after another with subsidies is not capitalism.
Apr 8, 2013 6:13AM
People.... this is about what a State needs in revenue to operate, whether it is red or blue.  It boils down to this..... each state is going to get the money one way or another to operate.  Be it through State Property Tax, Income tax, sales tax, vehicle registration or any other number of ways to get the money from your wallets/pocketbooks. It has been this way since the beginning nothing has changed.
Apr 8, 2013 5:04AM
The sales tax in Washington State is 9.3%. And if you have a view of the Puget sound from your house wellll let me just tax you extra for that!! Low Taxes? Yeah Right! Your money will be taken one way or another if not through taxes. Try car insurance.
Apr 8, 2013 8:45AM

All states need a certain amount of money to operate, determined by the people and what they

want for services and how many freeloaders they want to support.

This article is very shallow in the information that is given, with no explanation why some of the states do have lower taxes.  Wyoming, for example, is lucky to have lower personal taxes due to the fact that the state collects mineral royalties from the oil and gas industries which added into the state coffers helps keep the operating expenses lower for the individual.  Other states with low taxes have a similar or same outside income.  The amount of greed of legislators and the people determine how much your taxes will be.

Apr 8, 2013 5:54AM

There's no such thing as "outmigration". Try emigration - moving from place to place within a country. Or immigration - moving from country to country.


Don't they teach this stuff in schools any more?

Apr 8, 2013 6:05AM
Missed Delaware, with the lowest corporate tax, no sales tax, very low personal and property tax.
Apr 8, 2013 7:48AM
Where is Tennessee ?
Very low tax rate.
Apr 8, 2013 5:50AM
They did not mention states that tax food
Apr 8, 2013 9:36AM
If you want the real cost of living, don't use MSN's numbers.
Apr 8, 2013 9:17AM
I used to live in New Hampshire before moving to North Carolina.  

New Hampshire's property tax is so high....people just can't afford to retire there because it would suck up all your savings just to pay tax on your house....even without a mortgage. 

Not too mention its so cold the cost of heating your house is around 10,000 dollars a winter.

Don't move there people.
Apr 8, 2013 4:28AM
Truth is when the population falls by outmigration, the burden falls heavier on those left behind, a scenario which the state then tries to correct by raising more taxes to meet the requirements of existing infrastructure which has to be maintained and has the effect of driving more people away hence the cyclic  nature of higher taxes.

Can they reasonably lower taxes to get the people b ack? Yes they could, but to provide the services they would need to raise taxes  in the short run to satisfy demand fro services. Damned if you do and damned if you dont. 
Apr 8, 2013 8:40AM
The problem with Florida is the insurance rates. I'm 59 and my wife is 55. We pay over $7000 a year for home and auto insurance but that's never calculated in these things. Since these expenses are fixed relative to income they don't play into decisions by high income earners looking to protect income but they are huge for those of us in the middle.
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