Louisiana posted 37th highest per-capita sales tax collections in 2018

Among the 45 states that levy sales taxes, Louisiana ranked No. 37 for its per-capita sales tax collections, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of 2018 tax numbers.

Louisiana has a state sales tax rate of 4.45 percent. The amount it collects per-capita in sales taxes is $680, the study by policy analyst Katherine Loughead said.

Hawaii has the highest per-capita state sales tax collection amount ($2,244), followed by Washington ($1,862), the analysis concluded.

Five states – Oregon, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware and Alaska – have no sales tax. And most states that tax sales place levies only on products, while other states tax services as well,  the Tax Foundation post says.

The analysis points out that although Colorado has the lowest state sales tax in the nation and takes in a relatively small amount of revenue per capita from its sales tax, the average local sales tax in that state is 4.62 percent. If state and local sales tax revenues were combined, Colorado would be in the middle of the ranking, the study says.

Which states have the highest per-capita sales tax collections?

Rank State State Sales Tax Rate Sales Tax per Capital
1 Hawaii 4.00% $2,244
2 Washington 6.50% $1,862
3 Nevada 6.85% $1,451
4 North Dakota 5.00% $1,346
5 Texas 6.25% $1,151
6 South Dakota 4.50% $1,124
7 Kansas 6.50% $1,114
8 Arkansas 6.50% $1,109
9 Mississippi 7.00% $1,105
10 Indiana 7.00% $1,101
11 Wyoming 4.00% $1,097
12 Florida 6.00% $1,079
13 Tennessee 7.00% $1,054
14 Ohio 5.75% $1,052
15 Connecticut 6.35% $1,046
16 New Jersey 6.63% $1,032
17 Maine 5.50% $1,022
18 Minnesota 6.88% $1,011
19 Iowa 6.00% $1,010
20 New Mexico 5.13% $1,000
21 California 7.25% $997
22 Arizona 5.60% $964
23 Nebraska 5.50% $935
24 Idaho 6.00% $928
25 Michigan 6.00% $922
26 Rhode Island 7.00% $921
27 Massachusetts 6.25% $892
28 Wisconsin 5.00% $876
29 Pennsylvania 6.00% $799
30 Kentucky 6.00% $781
31 Maryland 6.00% $748
32 North Carolina 4.75% $708
33 Illinois 6.25% $707
34 West Virginia 6.00% $704
35 Utah 5.95% $684
36 New York 4.00% $682
37 Louisiana 4.45% $680
38 South Carolina 6.00% $659
39 Oklahoma 4.50% $630
40 Vermont 6.00% $596
41 Missouri 4.23% $581
42 Alabama 4.00% $534
43 Georgia 4.00% $531
44 Colorado 2.90% $514
45 Virginia 5.30% $467

Source: Tax Foundation

This article was first published by Watchdog.org News.

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