Combined local-state tax rate in Colorado stood at 9.4% in 2019

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Published Thursday, April 8, 2021

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The effective state and local tax rate for Colorado residents in 2019 was 9.4 percent, the 34th highest percentage among the 50 states, according to a new ranking published by the Tax Foundation.

Across the United States, the average state-local tax burden came in at 10.3 percent of Americans' combined income, the study said. Generally, state-local tax rates rose in 2019 over the previous year as tax collections outpaced overall income growth, the Tax Foundation's analysis found.

The foundation's researchers also point out that about a fifth of states' tax revenues come from nonresidents, such as tourists and out-of-state homeowners. Based on the latest economic data available, the study accounted for this and looked primarily at state and local levies paid by each state's residents.

In the resulting data table quantifying state and local tax burdens, the states' numbers tend to be clustered tightly in the center, with percentages widening at the top and bottom of the table, according to the Tax Foundation.

Levies examined in the study include general sales taxes, property taxes, excise taxes on products such as alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, license taxes on vehicles, individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, and estate, inheritance and gift taxes.

State and Local Tax Burdens, From Highest to Lowest

State

State-Local Effective Tax Rate

Rank

New York

14.1%

1

Connecticut

12.8%

2

Hawaii

12.7%

3

Vermont

12.3%

4

Minnesota

12.1%

5

Maryland

11.8%

6

New Jersey

11.7%

7

California

11.5%

8

Rhode Island

11.4%

9

Illinois

11.1%

10

Oregon

11.1%

11

Maine

11.0%

12

Iowa

10.8%

13

Wisconsin

10.7%

14

Massachusetts

10.5%

15

Pennsylvania

10.4%

16

Arkansas

10.4%

17

Delaware

10.3%

18

Nebraska

10.3%

19

Ohio

10.3%

20

Montana

10.1%

21

Kansas

10.1%

22

Michigan

10.0%

23

Virginia

10.0%

24

Kentucky

9.9%

25

West Virginia

9.9%

26

Washington

9.8%

27

New Hampshire

9.7%

28

Nevada

9.7%

29

Utah

9.6%

30

Idaho

9.6%

31

North Carolina

9.5%

32

Mississippi

9.5%

33

Colorado

9.4%

34

Missouri

9.2%

35

Louisiana

9.2%

36

South Dakota

9.1%

37

Alabama

9.0%

38

Indiana

8.9%

39

South Carolina

8.9%

40

Georgia

8.9%

41

North Dakota

8.9%

42

Florida

8.8%

43

New Mexico

8.8%

44

Arizona

8.7%

45

Oklahoma

8.2%

46

Texas

8.0%

47

Tennessee

7.0%

48

Wyoming

7.0%

49

Alaska

5.8%

50

Source: Tax Foundation

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