Tax Burdens

Tax Burdens for the Largest City In each State — FY 2011

Each year the government of the District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Financial Officer publishes a report on the hypothetical tax burden for people living in the largest cities in the 50 states. It is titled Tax Rates and Tax Burdens in the District of Columbia – A Nationwide Comparison and shows the wide diversity of the state and local tax systems in each of the states. It compares the tax burdens in Washington, D.C., with those in the 50 states. The 68-page report was published in September 2011.

The report presents tables showing the estimated burden of major taxes for a hypothetical family of three at income levels of $25,000, $50,000, 75,000, $100,000, and $150,000.  Estimate Tax Burden to view the tax burden of a family of three at the $50,000 income level. By going to the report you will see tables showing the hypothetical tax burden at the other income levels.

To read the entire report and view the various tables included, click here.

Questions and comments concerning the publication should be addressed to Edward W. Wyatt, Fiscal Analyst, Economic Affairs Administration, Office of Revenue Analysis, 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W 770, Washington, D.C. 20024, telephone 202-727-7775.


  • Individual state tax and revenue departments
  • State Tax Handbook (2014) published by CCH Inc.
  • Federation of Tax Administrators
  • The Tax Foundation
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Updated January 2014 based on available data.

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