Texas ranks 29th highest for state tax collections per capita

Texas finished 29th in a Tax Foundation analysis of state and local tax collections per capita, with 1 being the highest and 50th being the lowest.

Tax collections in Texas came to $4,020 per capita, according to the foundation’s analysis.

The Tax Foundation numbers don’t always represent a complete picture of the burden on taxpayers within each state, it points out. For example, North Dakota has a severance tax on oil and gas production, which is borne primarily by consumers outside the state where those resources are ultimately sold, according to the analysis. As a result, the state’s overall state and local tax burden appears high, the foundation notes, but the actual tax burden on state residents is much lower.

States that draw a lot of tax revenue from tourism fall into the same category, with the per-capita burden for in-state taxpayers appearing higher than it really is, the analysis notes.

State and Local Tax Collections by State

Rank State Local and State Tax Collections per Capita
1 New York $8,957
2 Connecticut $7,220
3 New Jersey $6,709
4 North Dakota $6,630
5 Massachusetts $6,469
6 Hawaii $6,467
7 Minnesota $6,090
8 California $6,077
9 Maryland $6,027
10 Vermont $5,904
11 Illinois $5,654
12 Rhode Island $5,562
13 Wyoming $5,545
14 Maine $5,206
15 Nebraska $5,087
16 Pennsylvania $5,058
17 Washington $5,050
18 Iowa $4,884
19 New Hampshire $4,818
20 Wisconsin $4,782
21 Delaware $4,757
22 Colorado $4,621
23 Virginia $4,560
24 Oregon $4,508
25 Kansas $4,498
26 Ohio $4,473
27 Nevada $4,277
28 Michigan $4,082
29 Texas $4,020
30 Arkansas $3,958
31 South Dakota $3,938
32 North Carolina $3,919
33 West Virginia $3,917
34 New Mexico $3,891
35 Louisiana $3,888
36 Indiana $3,872
37 Montana $3,827
38 Kentucky $3,823
39 Alaska $3,812
40 Utah $3,743
41 Missouri $3,682
42 Georgia $3,660
43 Mississippi $3,613
44 Arizona $3,582
45 Idaho $3,514
46 Florida $3,478
47 Oklahoma $3,458
48 South Carolina $3,435
49 Tennessee $3,322
50 Alabama $3,206

Source: Tax Foundation

This is a revised article first published by The Center Square.

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