States with the highest and lowest taxes

See which 5 states tax their residents the most, and which 5 allow residents to keep the biggest chunk of their paychecks -- and why.

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Feb 11, 2013 3:17PM
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I am a native NYer - this is the reason I left NY almost a decade ago.  NY punishes you for doing the right thing - working everyday, taking care of yourself, family & friends paying your taxes, trying to be successful and eek out a living.   NY (& NJ) will tax themselves out of existence in the very near future. 

During the late 80's while in college, I worked at a check cashing store in Spanish Harlem.  We doled out welfare to people who had no incentive to improve themselves b/c they were effectively rewarded for making poor decisions.  I remember one woman who had a green card from 1960 & did not speak a word of English.  The Nanny State has effectively sold generations of people in to slavery to the state. 



Feb 11, 2013 3:07PM
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I am glad my residence is FL.  The weather is good the people are nice .  The states with the highest taxes are the most expensive and it appears you get very little for your buck.  For movie stars and the like, no problem but people who make 250 K or less.  Not good.  Most of the people I know make a lot less than 250K. On my retirement I could not afford to live in the high tax states.  I can afford to live in states that are far. Less Most of the high tax states have most of the problems.  That will probably drag most of the lower tax states down.  With a little help from are GOV.  
Feb 11, 2013 3:06PM
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Check out the education score cards for these state.  Red state dumb state
Feb 11, 2013 3:04PM
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usually the libs stand up and retort some of the conservative arguments here.     where are they now? 

Feb 11, 2013 3:02PM
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My property taxes here in NJ zoomed up last year.  The weather stinks.  You even have to pay to go to the beach.  I'm heading back down south if I can ever sell my house, but who is going to buy it?  Who wants to live in NJ?  There is a cop hiding everywhere just waiting to nail you with a ticket and that's a lot of cops with so many municipalities here.  Now if you buy a gift card and it's not redeemed within two years, the state grabs the money, even if the gift card has not expired.  What will they think of next?  An air we breathe tax?
Feb 11, 2013 3:02PM
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If you love New York and want to know why it has the Highest Taxes, just type in on the search bar---- "Channel 6 news you paid for it" and read the right column. See how New Yorker's funds are wasted, you will be surprise! 
Feb 11, 2013 3:01PM
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3 of the low tax states are primarily financed by the oil industry.  As such, the oil company gets to use those local taxes to avoid federal taxes.  Most of these states also have some of the lowest population densities of any state, few if any large cities.
Feb 11, 2013 2:52PM
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Wow, Taxes are lower than they have been in aprox 40 years at the federal level for income and capital gains. do you really want to go back to a past without a strong middle class. Try going after the corruption at the government and private sector which is almost the same now that money buys to government.
Feb 11, 2013 2:48PM
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BARRY NOBAMA and HIS LARGE REAR END MATE  MOOOO CHELLE WILL SAVE US
Feb 11, 2013 2:40PM
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I think it is about time that the citizens of this country realize that our government is doing everything in their powers to keep all of us working joes in our place.  The rich just keep getting obscenely rich and the poor just keep getting poorer,: handing it all over without resistance.  Come one people, it is time to stand back and look at the big picture,  we do't have a government who is for the people, we have a government who is for the rich people!
Feb 11, 2013 2:39PM
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I don't see anyone moving out of Westchester county for the taxes.  They are so rich, they probably don't even notice the taxes they actually have to pay.  One of the highest income counties in the country.  NYC also has the highest average income for any city.  Wages are high because the cost of living in the city is high.  Many cities have a city tax, but few states have over 1/2 the state's population all in one city.
Feb 11, 2013 2:36PM
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Nonsense...  Illinois taxes are way higher than Wisconsin...  Higher income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes, not to mention sin, gasoline and fees for everything...

Delusional...
Feb 11, 2013 2:34PM
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TAX REFORM short and sweet % FOR ALL no subsidies and fair trade and the same % for corporations. Get rid of the loop holes.
Feb 11, 2013 2:33PM
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Connecticut also has one of the highest median incomes of any state in the country.  They also have more cops per capita than most other states.  Some cities treat them like a private security force to keep out the riff raff.
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This is why NY state sucks. Coumo is crippling us with these tax rates. Sin taxes are the worst money grab ever seen. Our founding fathers fought to get away from brutal taxation, they would be un-impressed with how our government fleeces it's people to pay for their lobbying friends BS.
Feb 11, 2013 2:29PM
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Democrat's are good for much are they?
Feb 11, 2013 2:28PM
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It's funny to see how many Americans don't know how the tax system works.  This article did explain that this was a state and local tax based article.  Thus, not federal (Obama) taxes.  And for the most part the Governor, sets the taxes for the state. Most of the states in this article are run by Republican Governors.  One of the most famous being Christie, governor of New Jersey and the Republican front runner for the next presidential election.
Feb 11, 2013 2:28PM
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They do neglect to say that California has one of the lowest property tax rates in the country.

California also provides more public services than most states, including providing potable water to millions of people that would otherwise be living in a desert.  If not for taxpayer funded projects, there wouldn't be a fraction the water needed to supply the people of southern California, and many of the farms would have long since dried up and blown away.

Feb 11, 2013 2:24PM
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Get rid of all the (Illegal aliens) ****S, between feeding, educating, taking care of all their medical bills, spitting out kids every year so they can become American citizens to get more benefits and the toll they take on our judicial system after locking them up. Its BILLIONS annually and they are'nt even suppose to be here. 
Feb 11, 2013 2:23PM
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Interesting...The 5 Highest are all Democratic-Union ran states.... the lowest are not...Need we say more????
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