Hawai’i Ranked Second Highest Tax Burden in U.S.

April 12, 2016, 12:37 PM HST
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taxesIn an effort to help Americans clarify the tax code to determine how much their home states are taking from their income tax, personal finance website WalletHub conducted an analysis of 2016’s States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Burdens.

Hawai’i was ranked with the second Overall Tax Burden at 11.86 percent and was number one when it came to Total Sales & Gross Receipts Tax Burden at 6.95 percent.

Tax burden measures the portion of an individual’s personal income that is paid toward state and local taxes. This differs from tax rates which fluctuate based of the circumstances of the tax filer.

WalletHub compared tax burdens across the country within all 50 states, measuring property taxes, individual income taxes, and state and gross receipts taxes. The three make up the components of state tax burden and were morphed into percentages of total personal income in each state to create a ranking.

Hawai’i ranked 14th in Individual Income Tax Burden at 2.78 percent and 41st for Property Tax Burden at 2.13 percent.


New York came before Hawai’i with the top rank for highest Overall Tax Burden at 13.12 percent. Maine (11.13 percent) Vermont (11.13 percent), and Connecticut (10.91 percent) rounded out the top five states with the highest Overall Tax Burden.


Oklahoma, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Delaware, and Alaska were listed in the analysis of states with the lowest Overall Tax Burden.

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