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Friday, August 15, 2008

Study positions Maryland fourth in state-local tax burden

(Posted 15 Aug 2008)

Study positions Maryland fourth in state-local tax burden.
Gazette, 15 Aug 2008 (Tallman).
A study by the Tax Foundation puts Maryland fourth in the nation for the state-local tax burden, behind New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Using data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the study takes into account commuter taxes, cross-border payments and travel.

In this way, the study tries to pin how much residents pay, as opposed to what each state collects, said William Ahern, communications director of the nonpartisan tax research group in Washington.

"From 30,000 feet, Maryland is a high-tax state," he said.

With a per-capita income of $52,709 a year, Marylanders paid $5,669 in taxes, or 10.8 percent, according to the study.

Residents paid $4,062 per capita to the state, and $1,607 per capita to other states.

Last year, Maryland was ranked fifth.

Ahern said the 2008 figures took into account sales and other taxes that were imposed in January as part of the November special legislative session.

Go to www.taxfoundation.org.

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