Georgia 33rd in residents’ state, local tax burden

A new report from The Tax Foundation shows that Georgia residents paid 9.0 percent of their income to state and local taxes in the 2010 fiscal year.

That’s below the U.S. average of 9.9 percent, and far below the highest-tax burden states including New York (at 12.8 percent), New Jersey (at 12.4 percent), Connecticut (at 12.3 percent) and California (at 11.2 percent).

Georgia ranks 33rd overall.

Georgia residents’ tax burden is considerably higher than that of residents in the lowest-ranked states including Alaska (at 7.0 percent), South Dakota (at 7.6 percent), Tennessee (at 7.7 percent) and Louisiana and Wyoming (at 7.8 percent).

The tax burden in Georgia fell from 9.3 percent in 2009 and from 9.4 percent in 2008.

The Tax Foundation estimates the combined state and local tax burden for residents in each of the 50 states by totaling the state and local taxes paid by residents to their own and other governments, then dividing the total by each state’s total income.

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October 30th, 2012
9:35 am

And this is why unemployment is so bad in the state, along with education and transportation.


October 30th, 2012
10:35 am

And the reason we have one of the highest mortality rates in the nation, coupled with one dreadful uninsured rates in the nation. Over the last 3 decades, Georgia never got around to implementing a high risk pool, still doesn’t have one of its own, even though it was one of the states that fought the implementation of ObamaCare. Where is Plan B, or the “Replace” plan?

But Hey, private jet owners, don’t you worry, Governor Deal has your back, he got you a year around sales tax exemption, so if you need to buy a part for your Gulfstream jet, taxpayers are subsidizing your special sales deduction. Cuz private jet owners need our help.

Wagon Stevenson

October 30th, 2012
10:55 am

In summary, you get what you pay for.


October 30th, 2012
1:22 pm

LOL… The reason that Georgia grew so rapidly in the 80’s and 90’s wasn’t because of our stellar education and infrastructure… I was because of low taxes and low cost of living and doing business. Now that the state has matured to 10million people…you need more services which require more income… So what the next step Georgia?


October 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

“Georgia residents paid 9.0 percent of their income to state and local taxes…
Tennessee (at 7.7 percent)…”

So now I’m wondering what Georgia offers that’s so special we’re paying a 1.3% premium for the privilege of living here? If I think of anything I’ll be back.


October 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

Yeah, to libs low taxes are a negative, and peoples health and their skills arent their own responsibility, its the govts….. What a whacked out world view. No wonder so much of lib land (greece, calif, il, etc) is crashing down around their “its always someone elses fault” philosophy.


October 30th, 2012
10:25 pm

Education & transportation STUNK in Georgia when the Democrats were in charge of this state, for what , 200 years ? As for unemployment, there’s not much the governor can do to change that other than making Georgia a business-friendly environment. Raising taxes on corporations and small business owners does not create jobs.

If you want state & local government to steal and waste more of your hard-earned money, MOVE !

50th would be better

October 30th, 2012
10:40 pm

Vote Libertarian.

Actually, the poll itself is whacked. State with lowest rate should be #1. Must be run by liberals to call #1 the one with the highest rate

Bob Walters

October 31st, 2012
2:03 am

Note that the state with the lowest tax burden has the second highest per capita income in the US. Need more proof of the benefits of a lower tax structure?

Georgia’s tax burden should be no more than 5 percent of income. Any more is just plain waste. Cut the tax and cut the bloated city and state payrolls. Get rid of pensions and early retirement and treat public employees like their private counterparts.

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