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Most & Least Taxing States 2012

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

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Pennsylvania

Income tax: 3.07% (flat tax rate)
State sales tax: 6%
Property tax per capita: $1,239
Inheritance tax: See note*
Estate tax: None

In 2011, a state commission recommended a local fee on gas drilling activity, which was enacted in 2012. The most recent budget, however, passed with no new taxes and a 3 percent cut in spending statewide. The proposed budget does include several provisions that call for the enhanced enforcement of all taxes. That would include the authority to attach the bank accounts of delinquent businesses.

*Transfer to a spouse is tax-free; transfer to lineal descendants and children-in-law is taxed at 4.5 percent; transfers to siblings are taxed at 12 percent; all other transfers taxed at 15 percent.

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