Lowest-Income Wisconsinites Pay Much More of Their Income in Taxes Than the Wealthiest

January 30, 2013

Like most state tax systems, Wisconsin takes a much larger share from middle- and low-income families than from wealthy families, according to the fourth edition of “Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States,” released today by the Washington-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

Combining all of the state and local income, property, sales, and excise taxes Wisconsin residents pay, the average overall effective tax rates by income group are 9.6%for the bottom fifth of Wisconsinites; 10.7%for the middle fifth: and 6.9%for the top 1%. Nationally, those figures are 11.1% for the bottom fifth; 9.4% for the middle fifth; and 5.6% for the top one percent. The full report is online at www.whopays.org.

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