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Most & Least Taxing States 2012

By Bloomberg BNA - 2012-04-13T16:45:59Z

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Income tax: 11%
State sales tax: 4%
Property tax per capita: $977
Inheritance tax: None
Estate tax: 0.8% to 16% with $3.6 million exemption

Hawaii and Oregon tie for highest income tax rate in the country. Hawaii is one of the few states that offer favorable tax treatment of capital gains -- they're taxed at 7.5 percent. In 2010 the state reinstated its estate tax for those who died after April 30, 2010. The state is one of seven that impose the full sales tax rate on groceries, according to Bloomberg BNA. Hawaii's combined state and local sales tax rate of 4.35 percent places it near the bottom of the pack, however.