U.S. residents paid 9.8 percent of their income in state and local taxes in 2011, a slight decrease from the 10.2 percent a year earlier, according to a Tax Foundation report.
The highest burdens were in New York, where residents paid 12.6 percent, New Jersey at 12.3 percent and Connecticut at 11.9 percent, according to the report released yesterday by the Washington-based foundation, a nonprofit research group. The lowest tax burdens were 6.9 percent in Wyoming, 7 percent in Alaska and 7.1 percent in South Dakota.
Since 1977, the burden has fluctuated from 9.5 percent to 10.5 percent, according to the report.
The report is based on U.S. Census Bureau data, and includes about two dozen tax sources including property, sales and income taxes.
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