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Report: Connecticut's Tax Burden Ranked Third Highest in U.S.

When state and local taxes are combined, Connecticut ranks below only New York and New Jersey.

Connecticut has the distinction of being one of just three states in the nation with a tax burden higher than 12 percent. Connecticut has ranked third for seven years in a row.

Since 2005, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have occupied the top three spots in the Tax Foundation's annual ranking of state and local taxes. The most recent data was compiled from the fiscal year 2010.

Resource-rich states typically fared the best on the list, as Alaska had the lowest tax burden by shifting taxes to non-residents.

"Resource-rich states, such as Alaska and Wyoming, are only the most dramatic examples of tax exporting," said Tax Foundation economist Elizabeth Malm, in a written statement. "Major tourist destinations like Nevada and Florida are able to lower residents' burden by taxing tourists, who are often nonresidents. Nationwide, over a quarter of all state and local taxes are collected from nonresidents."

Although Connecticut has one of the highest sales tax rates in the country, a report from earlier this year states Connecticut actually ranks 31st because -- unlike many other states -- there is no local sales tax.

New England States Ranking Tax Burden Connecticut 3 12.3 percent Rhode Island 6 10.6 percent Massachusetts 8 10.4 percent Maine 9 10.3 percent Vermont 13 10.1 percent New Hampshire 44 8.1.
Over Taxed October 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Overtaxed in CT? How could that be? We have the most efficient state & local governments. The public service unionized workers make a pittance, contribute meagerly to the pensions and hardly ever retire at a salary higher than they made while working. NOT ! State judges 100K+, state police 100K+, prison guards 100K+, education commissioner $300K+, umpteen commissioners 100K+++ Geeze I wonder why taxes are so high?
Bob Cerani October 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Do you hear that Gov. Malloy? Whatever you have tried to do is not working, Hello!! You've got 2 more years and your out of here.
Walt October 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM
You're dreaming, this is lefty liberal land, it doesn't matter who runs as long as there's a "D" on the line that person will win.
Bob Cerani October 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Hey Walt, This lefty liberal land will someday bite the dust. People really have to be stupid to except what is going on in connecticut, or move out.
Walt October 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM
There's far too many people who always have their hand out, feel entitled to others money, or are looking for reparations and vote for the lib dems for that to happen. I can't retire here, I will have to move.

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