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Report: CT Tax Burden Ranked Third Highest in U.S.

When state and local taxes are combined, Connecticut ranks below only New York and New Jersey.

Connecticut has the distinction of being one of just three states in the nation with a tax burden higher than 12 percent. Connecticut has ranked third for seven years in a row.

Since 2005, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have occupied the top three spots in the Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of state and local taxes. The most recent data was compiled from the fiscal year 2010.

Resource-rich states typically fared the best on the list, as Alaska had the lowest tax burden by shifting taxes to non-residents.

 “Resource-rich states, such as Alaska and Wyoming, are only the most dramatic examples of tax exporting,” said Tax Foundation economist Elizabeth Malm, in a written statement. “Major tourist destinations like Nevada and Florida are able to lower residents’ burden by taxing tourists, who are often nonresidents. Nationwide, over a quarter of all state and local taxes are collected from nonresidents.”

Although Connecticut has one of the highest sales tax rates in the country, a report from earlier this year states Connecticut actually ranks 31st because - unlike many other states - there is no local sales tax.

New England States Ranking Tax Burden Connecticut 3 12.3 percent Rhode Island 6 10.6 percent Massachusetts 8 10.4 percent Maine 9 10.3 percent Vermont 13 10.1 percent New Hampshire 44 8.1 percent
Heather October 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM
What do you mean there is no local sales tax?? Don't we have 6.35% sales tax??
Heather October 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Never mind- I realized its because we have a state sales tax but no district taxes
Steven DeVaux October 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
You haven't seen the property taxes in Brookfield.
Peter NAPOLI October 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Once our politicians get their hands in your pocket they never take them out.
Ken October 25, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Hasn't one of the above posters actually taken to heart the oft quoted comment , if you can't afford Brookfield perhaps it might be time to move on.
Steven DeVaux October 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Peter, They do. Once they've taken everything. Some people rob you with a gun...but the really dangerous ones...they rob you with a pen.

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