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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Today is National Tax Freedom Day®
Massachusetts (#43) not for another week

What Is Tax Freedom Day?

Tax Freedom Day® is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. Tax Freedom Day takes all federal, state, and local taxes and divides them by the nation’s income. In 2019, Americans will pay $3.42 trillion in federal taxes and $1.86 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $5.29 trillion, or 29 percent of national income. This year, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 16, or 105 days into the year.

Tax Freedom Day 2019 is April 16th
Tax Foundation - April 10, 2019

When Is My State’s Tax Freedom Day?

The total tax burden borne by residents of different states varies considerably due to differing state tax policies and the progressivity of the federal tax system. This means that states with higher incomes and higher taxes celebrate TFD later: New York (May 3), New Jersey (April 30), and Connecticut (April 25). Residents of Alaska will bear the lowest average tax burden in 2019, with Tax Freedom Day arriving on March 25. Also early are Oklahoma (March 30), Florida (April 4), and Louisiana (April 4).

Tax Freedom Day 2019 is April 16th
Tax Foundation - April 10, 2019

Tax Freedom Day in 2018 and 2019 was five days earlier than it was in 2017, in large part due to the recent federal tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Tax Freedom Day 2019 is April 16th
Tax Foundation - April 10, 2019

Chip Ford's CLT Commentary

Today is Tax Freedom Day.  The Tax Foundation annually calculates the day taxpayers stop working entirely just to pay taxes.  The Foundation produces both a national average and a breakdown by each state for comparison.

The Tax Foundation states:  "In calculating Tax Freedom Day for each state, we look at taxes borne by residents of that state, whether paid to the federal government, their own state or local governments, or governments of other states. Where possible, we allocate tax burdens to each taxpayer’s state of residence."

As always, Massachusetts ranks at near bottom of the 50 states with one of the latest dates taxpayers stop working to pay for government and begin working for themselves and their families, this year tied with Hawaii at 43rd-longest period to pay taxes for government.  Only taxpayers in six states (and the District of Columbia) are liberated from tax confiscation even later than in the Bay State.

Nationally on average taxpayers work just to pay the costs of government the entire first 105 days of the year.

Massachusetts taxpayers work an additional week 112 days just to fund the costs of government.  That's due to higher state and municipal taxes.

Latest State Tax Freedom Day 2019

Ranking State Date
#43 (tied) Hawaii Apr 23
#43 (tied) Massachusetts Apr 23
#45 Illinois Apr 24
#46 (tied) Connecticut Apr 25
#46 (tied) Minnesota Apr 25
#46 (tied) Rhode Island Apr 25
#49 New Jersey Apr 30
#50 (tied) District of Columbia May 3
#50 (tied) New York May 3



Tax Foundation
Tax Freedom Day 2019 is April 16th


Chip Ford
Executive Director

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