Comparative State and Local Taxes

On Thursday the Department of Revenue released this year’s edition of its annual report Comparative State and Local Taxes link. The primary data in the new report come from the Census Bureau’s 2007 Census of Government Finance.

For 2006/2007, DOR calculates that state and local tax collections in Washington amounted to $109.25 for each $1,000 in state personal income or $4,269 per capita. The state ranked 26th among the 50 states in taxes per $1,000 of personal income and 15th in taxes per capita. For 2005/2006, Washington ranked 28th and 18th, respectively.

Notes: While DOR identifies the Census numbers as Fiscal Year 2007 tax receipts, they are actually mixtures of FY 2006 and FY 2007: The 2007 Census of Government Finance asked each government to report financial information for its fiscal year that ended between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. For Washington state government the period covered is July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 (FY 2007), while for Washington cities and counties, whose fiscal years are the calendar year, the period is January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006 (FY 2006).

The DOR report used preliminary results from the 2007 Census of Government Finance, which were posted to the Census website in September. Updated results are due to be posted in November. It is possible that these updates will change Washington’s rankings. Rankings may also change as personal income and population estimates are refined in the future.

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