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Fact Check: New York has the highest taxes

Nikki Rudd
Created: May 06, 2021 05:51 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)—You've probably heard this a lot lately: New York has the highest taxes in the country!

Just last week, we told you about the new proposed gas tax that would have you paying 55-cents more per gallon in taxes. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, recently said at a press conference, "We are taxing people out of this state!"

Here's what NYS GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy wrote in a mass email: 

"We pay the highest taxes in the nation, but criminals are shown more respect than small business owners and law-abiding New Yorkers. It's insanity. If we are going to stop the mass exodus of our family, friends, and neighbors, we need common sense to make a comeback in this state."

You've heard it from both sides of the aisle, but does New York actually have the highest taxes in the country? News10NBC's Nikki Rudd is checking the facts!

According to the Tax Foundation an independent tax policy non-profit, New York does not have the top individual income tax rate. In fact, we don't even make the top five. California is on top followed by Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington, D.C. then New York. 

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How about sales tax? At the state level, California comes in first at 7.25%. Four states tie for the second-highest statewide rate, at 7%: Indiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The lowest non-zero state-level sales tax is in Colorado, which has a rate of 2.9%. Five states follow with 4% rates: Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, New York, and Wyoming.

For average local sales tax, New York is fourth in the country at 4.52% behind Alabama (5.22%), Louisiana (5.07%) and Colorado (4.75%).

What about the combined state and local tax burden? That's where you see New York come out on top. The Tax Foundation found New Yorkers face the highest-burden with 14.1% of income going to state and local taxes. 

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So this one is mostly true. If you want to move to a state with the lowest tax burden pack up and head to Alaska, Wyoming, Tennessee, or Texas. 


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