Arizona Ranked 13th-Best State to Be a Taxpayer

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Next time you complain about taxes, remember that people in most other states have it worse.

According to one analysis of various state and local taxes, Arizona's the 13th-best state to be a taxpayer.

For this comparison the website WalletHub took into account real estate taxes, state and local income taxes, vehicle property taxes, vehicle sales taxes, sales and use taxes, fuel taxes, alcohol taxes, food taxes, and telecom taxes around the country, using a standardized tax burden to see how much the "average American" pays in such taxes around the country.

Wyoming, Alaska, and Nevada are the best places to be, as for as taxes. In fact, the top seven states were the seven states that have no state income tax.

So, for states that have a state income tax, Arizona's taxes are sixth-best.

Arizona's best showings were in local income taxes, auto property tax, and food tax, which Arizona doesn't have. (Phoenix, however, has its own food tax that isn't accounted for in this comparison.)

Arizona also has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country, at around 37 cents per gallon.

Find more information on the comparison here.

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11 comments
Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Most of your money goes to court costs and lawyer fees. Things can get better if everyone is willing to pay a few cents more in taxes. But first we need to get the right people into office, who will use your money responsibly.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

But with the goons running this state, it would probably go towards 'gun rights' and 'religious freedom' bills instead.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

disagree wages should never be taxed! If a state cant figure ways that make sense to acquire funds other than taxing the shit out of everything in sight ITS TIME FOR REBELLION! DISBAND THE IRS OR TAKE IT OVER!

Lakeisha  Williams
Lakeisha Williams

Yup that's y ppl clamber to get their kids into Charter and Private Schools...No investment. No dividend.

Craig McDermott
Craig McDermott

Oops. Read too quickly. It did include sales taxes. But not the quality of life stuff.

Pamela Powers Hannley
Pamela Powers Hannley

Arizona's tax system is good for Corporate People, not human people. Good comment, Craig McDermott.

Craig McDermott
Craig McDermott

Two points: Didn't include sales tax, and AZ is among the highest sales tax states in the US, and it didn't include a quality of life component, as in "what do taxpayers get for what they pay?"

Tracy Guest
Tracy Guest

I'd be happy to pay slightly more if it went to improving az schools.

Mark Trollinger
Mark Trollinger

I would disagree. I received my federal refund two weeks ago. No word from AZ.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Do you have any constructive suggestions for how the state can raise funds?

You do realize that the IRS has nothing at all to do with state taxes, right?


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