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Hawaii state and local taxes rank 14th highest nationally

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Hawaii residents paid state and local taxes equal to 10.1 percent of their income in fiscal 2010, the 14th highest rate of any state, according to a report from the Tax Foundation.

Hawaii moved up the list from fiscal 2009 when it ranked 18th on the list published annually by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research organization based in Washington, D.C.

State and local taxes paid by Hawaii residents totaled $4,396 per capita in fiscal 2010, including $3,367 paid within the state and $1,029 paid outside the state. Taxes paid outside the state include property taxes on second homes and hotel room taxes paid while on vacation.

The tax rate was calculated as a percentage of Hawaii’s per capita income, which was $43,509 in fiscal 2010.

Nationally, the average state and local tax burden was 9.9 percent of income in fiscal 2010, according to the study.

Hawaii has followed the national trend of rising state and local tax rates since fiscal 2000, the Tax Foundation reported. Hawaii’s tax rate rose from 9.5 percent to 10.1 percent during that span, an increase of 0.6 percentage points. Nationally the rate rose from 9.3 percent to 9.9 percent, also an increase of 0.6 percent.

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