Monday, April 9, 2007

Massachusetts Per Capita Tax Burden 4th highest in the nation

According to the Washington-based Tax Foundation, the Massachusetts 2007 per capita tax burden is still the 4th highest in the country, 22.5% above the national average.

If the burden is divided, for comparison, among every man, woman and child in the commonwealth, each of us pays $5,419. The national average is $4,422.

Only Connecticut, New Jersey and New York have higher per capita tax burdens.

Tax Freedom Day Arrives Two Days Later for Massachusetts This Year

The Tax Foundation is noted for its annual report on Tax Freedom Day for the United States and each individual state.  According to its recent news release, "The report compares the number of days Americans work to pay taxes to the number of days they work to support themselves."

For the U.S., in which Tax Freedom Day is April 30, two days later than in 2006, taxpayers work 120 days for the government.  Says the Tax Foundation, "This makes taxation a bigger financial burden than housing and household operation (62 days), health and medical care (52 days), food (30 days), transportation (30 days), recreation (22 days), or clothing and accessories (13 days)."

In Massachusetts, we work even longer for the government, until May 6, also two days later than in 2006.  Rated 9th, we work longer for the government than people in 41 other states.

The moral of the story is that Massachusetts is not suffering from a lack of taxes, and does not need either corporate loophole closing or local taxes on meals or anything else.  In fact, our taxes should be cut, starting with the income tax rate rollback to 5% and the property tax cut that Deval Patrick promised when he was running for governor.


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