Most & Least Taxing States 2013

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

Photograph by Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg

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California

Top income tax rate: 13.3%
Sales tax: 7.5%
Property tax per capita: $1,450

Only time will tell whether the rich will pack their bags for less taxing states. In the meantime, they have a new top income tax rate of 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. A recently raised sales tax is among the country's highest, and gas taxes are the nation’s second-highest, according to the American Petroleum Institute. A legislature controlled by Democrats may prove friendly to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s vision for high-speed rail, education financing, jobs, health care and water supply projects.

California posts the names of the largest state income tax debtors. As of April 15, the largest income tax debt is $10.8 million owed by CNET founder Halsey Minor. That number doesn't reflect about $2.5 million in payments and another $600,000 in tax reductions from filing 2010 returns, according to Minor. 

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