Study: Rhode Island taxes 13th-highest in the nation in 2010January 31st, 2013 at 5:00 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Rhode Islanders pay the 13th-highest state and local taxes in the country compared with their incomes, according to the latest analysis of Census data by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
The $6.9 billion in state and local taxes paid by Rhode Islanders in 2009-10 totaled 11.1% of their personal income, up slightly from 11.0% the prior year, the analysis shows. Just 12 other states took more of their residents’ income in state and local taxes, according to the group.
The national average was 10.6% of income, and Massachusetts ranked 25th at 10.2% of income, the analysis shows. Three other New England states – Maine, Vermont and Connecticut – took more of their residents’ incomes in taxes than Rhode Island did, while New Hampshire took the least.
The left-leaning Massachusetts think tank said it looks at taxes as a share of personal income rather than per capita because it “allows for a meaningful comparison among states.” Another group, the right-leaning Tax Foundation, ranks Rhode Island’s tax burden higher after making adjustments to the data.
• Related: Charts: Regressive RI taxes getting (slightly) more progressive (Jan. 30)
(chart: Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center modified by WPRI.com)