Top 10 Least Tax-Friendly States in America

8. Ohio

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A passing glance over the numbers in Ohio will deceive you! They might not seem exorbitant but the truth comes out when you start adding up the various taxes. State taxes, for example, aren’t all that bad but with the added local taxes, you might start to feel overwhelmed come tax season.

You can’t run away from it either as most cities and towns impose a tax rate as high as 3%. State and local sales taxes come up to 7.17% while gas taxes are the 12th highest in the nation (38.51 cents per gallon).

All in all state income taxes here look like this: 0% on taxable income of $21,750 or less and 4.797% on taxable income over $217,400. Effective income tax rates look like this: 1.81% for single filers; 4.83% for joint filers.

Since the average property tax will set you back $1,641 per $100,000 in home value, you will have to pay $6,564 a year for a $400,000 home. Housing costs in the Buckeye State are pretty low, but those taxes sure do sting!

7. Pennsylvania

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The 3.07% flat state income tax doesn’t look too bad in Pennsylvania, right? Sorry to say but much like Ohio, the numbers just keep going up when you start looking at local taxes. In this case cities, towns and school districts throw in an additional 3.8712% tax on residents and a 3.4481% tax on non-residents.

The average state and local sales taxes also come up to 6.34%. What about gas taxes and fees? Well, in this case, you’ll be paying 58.7 cents per gallon. In this category, Pennsylvania has the second-highest rates in the U.S.

For a $400,000 house, you’ll have to pay an estimated $6,698 in tax each year. Breaking it down, that’s $1,674 per $100,000 in home value- unsurprisingly above average.

An inheritance tax between 4.5% and 15% will also be added depending on the relationship of the heir to the deceased, but surviving spouses and children who are under the age of 21 don’t have to pay anything.

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