New York State Exposed: Tax report

Updated: 03/21/2014 8:59 AM
Created: 03/19/2014 5:45 PM WHEC.com

You probably already feel it, especially in your wallet. New York has been rated the worst state for taxpayers. 

A new report on the website, WalletHub, analyzes how state and local taxes compare to the national median in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The worst state to be a taxpayer is New York.

The new report says New York’s average annual state and local taxes amount to $9,718. That's 40 percent higher than the national average. The best state to be a taxpayer is Wyoming, where people pay only $2,365 in state and local taxes.

New Yorkers pay the second highest in gasoline tax, which is 68 cents a gallon. New Yorkers fork over the third highest local income tax rate of 1.4 percent and the sales tax rate is the seventh highest at 8.4 percent. 

Brian Sampson, of Unshackle Upstate, says the report validates what his organization has been saying for a number of years that New York State is a very tough place, not only to do business, but to be a taxpayer. He says upstate has the highest property taxes in the country. Energy rates run 40 percent higher than the national average. He says take what the state adds to your cellular and cable bills too.

Sampson said, “All of those things end up coming out of our pocket. Make sure our elected officials understand that when you pass those laws there is an implication and it makes NY tough. The reality is here in this state is politics is a bloody business and you have to be willing to speak up for yourself.”

Tempted to throw up your hands and move away? Sampson says try contacting your elected official first and let them know how you feel. He says it can make a difference. You can find all the numbers by clicking here

If you're still thinking of packing up, in addition to Wyoming, Alaska, Nevada, Florida and South Dakota round out the top five best places for taxpayers.

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