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Most & Least Taxing States 2013

By Rebecca Helmes of Bloomberg BNA - 2013-04-19T17:41:14Z

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Top income tax rate: 7.95%
Sales tax: 5%
Property tax per capita: $1,786
Estate tax: 8% to 12% with a $2 million exemption

Maine lowered its top income tax rate to 7.95 percent beginning in 2013. The state collects a lot of property tax per person, in part because of the high number of second homes owned by residents of other states who come for Maine's seashore, lobster and blueberries. Maine imposes its 5 percent state sales tax on medical marijuana. A 7 percent tax rate on prepared food applies if the herb is baked into brownies.