Some on the right like to claim that the poor do not pay taxes. A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows why this is a myth. ITEP looked all the taxes that people in states pay — income, property, sales, and other forms — and found that almost every state asks poor and middle income families to pay more of their income in taxes than the very rich.

Here’s a chart of the top 10 worst states. Note that in Washington State, the poor actually pay six times as much of their incomes in taxes as the top 1 percent :

Among the states studied, Oregon and Vermont were deemed to have the most progressive tax systems.


Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:46pm by

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5 Responses to Study: In Almost Every State, The Poor Pay More Of Their Income In Taxes Than The Rich

  1. Washington State is the worst because they don’t have a state income tax. Since they rely on sales tax instead of income tax it makes sense that the poorest people would pay a higher percentage of their income. I would like to see a breakdown comparison of each state when it comes to their tax rates on business, income, and sales taxes to see the correlation between this study and those points.

  2. Your headline is false.

  3. click the link to the study……don’t be so obtuse.

  4. Jack, you effin moron, you cant just say: ‘your headline is wrong’ without showing evidence to show it. What a douche

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