Washington Ranked 28th Nationally in Taxes Relative to Income in 2006

OLYMPIA Wash., June 24, 2008 — Washington ranked 28th among the states in state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income in 2006, according to an annual report issued by the Washington State Department of Revenue.Washingtonians paid an average of 11.2 percent of their personal income in state and local taxes in 2006, based on statistics published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

State State and Local Taxes per
$1,000 Personal Income
National Rank
(1 = highest)
Washington $111.99 28th
Idaho $111.58 29th
Oregon $108.13 39th
National Average $116.22  

State Property Taxes per
$1,000 Personal Income
National Rank
(1 = highest)
Washington $30.75 29th
Idaho $30.70 30th
Oregon $32.13 25th
National Average $34.92  

Another measure of taxes is per capita, which divides taxes paid by the number of people in a state.  Per capita taxes tend to be higher in states whose residents have higher incomes.

State State and Local Taxes
Per Capita
National Rank
(1 = highest)
Washington $3,948 18th
Idaho $3,076 45th
Oregon $3,360 34th
National Average $4,001  

State Property Taxes
Per Capita
National Rank
(1 = highest)
Washington $1,084 25th
Idaho $857 37th
Oregon $998 30th
National Average $1,202  

Washington has been gaining ground nationally in per capita income.  It rose from 17th highest in 2005 to 15th in 2006 and 14th in 2007.  The 2007 ranking is based on preliminary per capita income of $40,414, compared to a national average of $38,611.  Idaho ranks 44th at $31,197 and Oregon ranks 30th at $34,784.

Additional information and analysis is available in Comparative State and Local Taxes 2006, published by the Department of Revenue this week at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/StatisticsAndReports/2006/Compare06/default.aspx.

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