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 8, 2013 12:36PM
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Before you move to South Dakota you should know that it has very high real estate taxes.  They're going to get revenue one way or another.  At the time I lived there, they also had the lowest wages in the nation.  On the other hand, their state retirement is fully funded.  It isn't a lot, but I know I'll get it every month.  
Apr 8, 2013 12:35PM
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I live in WA the average sales tax is 8% and the amount of debt created by the last governor's 8 year term is huge. The government here has been cutting but it isn't enough sooooooo guess where they will get the revenue more taxes. And now that governor may have a position offered by President Obama reward for leaving us worse now that's a smart play.
Apr 8, 2013 12:21PM
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What a bunch of crap They say Seattle sales tax is only 6,5 BS its 9.5% I am sure the other states tax rates are misrepresented also.
Apr 8, 2013 12:20PM
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Article is OK, but most people are living in their particular state because that is where they work, not necessarily because that is where they want to live.  I have been looking at states that are more tax friendly to retired people.  Looking for states that still sock it to those that are still working but lightening the tax load on those that have hung up the rat race. 

 

GEORGIA, comes to mind.  They will have eliminated income tax on retired income in the next few years and have a low property and relatively low sales tax.  Regular wage earners still pay proportional taxes but retirees have it easier.  Weather is also mild and has a range of mountains to a nice coast..

 

Problem is that I am still 14 years away from retiring:(

 

Apr 8, 2013 12:20PM
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What do Wyoming, Texas and Alaska have in common? Oil! Has the light gone on yet?
Apr 8, 2013 12:19PM
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I wonder if there is a state by state ranking list?  I would like to know how Idaho compares.  We have an 8% sales tax as well as state income tax.....
Apr 8, 2013 12:15PM
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Yes, Nevada does not have state income tax, but the lawmakers find a way to tax people nonetheless.  For example, my annual car registration is over $1400, and my wife's is $1100.  I think the actual "registration" fee is a measly $33, and the rest is tax.  They base the tax on the vehicle's MSRP.  Drive a safe and efficient (and expensive) new car and you pay.  Drive a smog-belching behemoth from the 80's and you pay almost nothing.

Oh, and I paid 8.1% tax on my $92,000 Audi, not 6.875.  Clark County adds another 1-1/4%.  But since 2 million of the 2.7 million NV residents live in Clark County, the vast majority of Nevadans pay 8.1%.

And if I keep this car for 8 years, I'll end up paying something like 20% in freaking tax on it.
Apr 8, 2013 12:14PM
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I would pay double in taxes to live in California.  It's the most amazing state in the union.  Life is too short to live in a crappy state just to have lower taxes.
Apr 8, 2013 11:56AM
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All I know is if you trust and rely on Government Republican or Democrat you are screwed!!
Apr 8, 2013 11:42AM
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Washington is taxed heavily, and MSN should do its homework.  Tax on a carton of cigs?  $30.25, then add  sales tax and an additional "use tax".  If you live in the greater Seattle area (almost everyone in the state does) sales tax is 9.6%  Do you drink beer?  Well, in tax beer tax is $23/keg.  How about wine or spirits?  the excise tax on those is $26.70/gallon.  Have a cell phone? You pay $17.95 per plan.  Let's not forget Washington's "B&O" tax, a tax levied on all revenue generated in every business in Washington state.  The esteemed governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, has suggested a 1.8% tax be levied on all rents paid in WA, adding 2% to those WA residents who tenants.  WA pays the 6th highest gas tax in the nation.  This state makes the top 10 least taxed states?  Ha!  Check your facts!
Apr 8, 2013 11:34AM
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What a crap of an article. Mostly Red states, shallow information, and the audacity of some comments about lazy people.  Fact check. Its the red states and rich bastards that are lazy; alll in the name of "making more jobs". The argument of low taxes is just a cover up for, i'm screwing you in the ****. Period. 
Apr 8, 2013 11:33AM
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It makes you wonder why more people don't live in places like Wyoming, Montana and Alaska, though, doesn't it?

Apr 8, 2013 11:31AM
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Out of all the rich countries, the United States have some of the lowest tax rates available. The rest of the world, therefore, questions why half of America complains.
Apr 8, 2013 11:26AM
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"What's on your wallet?" (t.v. commercial)
Apr 8, 2013 11:26AM
Apr 8, 2013 11:26AM
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Well Richard Clark that comment borders on a well thought of analysis from someone with an IQ of 30. In Illinois an electrician's average pay is $34.00/hour while in Texas it is $9.00 an hour. I guess it's not rocket science for those not menatlly challenged.
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What we need to do is replace all elected two-term congressional representative with Constitutional Conservative freshmen who are eager to do what is expected of them and willing to do what is right serve the electorate without fear of how anyone else may perceive them.  Otherwise, it's business as usual and all voters/tax payers lose big time!!!  Who is John Galt?

Apr 8, 2013 11:20AM
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Needs an update here.  Nevada sales tax is 8.1% and has been for about 3 years.
Apr 8, 2013 11:20AM
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I think 5 of these states also have the highest suicide rates in the nation
Apr 8, 2013 11:13AM
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Don't let the terminology fool you. Texas may not have an "income tax" but its franchise tax does the same thing to many Texans' wallets.
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