Get Even More Visitors To Your Blog, Upgrade To A Business Listing >>

Rhode Island has the Ninth Highest State and Local Tax Burden in the Nation for FY 2016

Key Policy Data

Feb 11, 2015

Print Friendly and PDF


In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, Rhode Island collected $5.8 billion in state and local taxes—or $5,521 for every man, woman, and child. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the average Rhode Island taxpayer can afford this level of taxation?

To better answer this question, this analysis will calculate Rhode Island’s Tax Burden relative to the private sector. Ultimately, it is the private sector that creates new wealth and income. A high tax burden means a state is hobbling its private sector relative to other states and reducing their long-run economic growth potential.

Click here to view tax burden data by state, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2016

Unfortunately for taxpayers, as shown in Chart 1, Rhode Island’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by private sector personal income) was the ninth highest in the nation for FY 2016 at 16.1 percent—or 13 percent above the national average of 14.3 percent.

Chart 1 Rhode Island State and Local Tax Burden FY 2016.jpg

#RhodeIsland state and local #taxburden in FY 2016 was the 9th highest in the nation at 16.1%— 13% above US average of 14.3% http://bit.ly/2FX9C8F @keypolicydata #RIleg #RIgov #PolicyData (click to tweet)

 

As shown in Chart 2, Rhode Island’s tax burden has increased over time by 102 percent to 16.1 percent in FY 2016 from 8 percent in FY 1950.

Chart 2 Rhode Island State and Local Tax Burden by Type of Tax FY 1950 to 2016.JPG

#RhodeIsland state and local #taxburden has increased 102% between FY 1950 (8%) to 2016 (16.1%) http://bit.ly/2FX9C8F @keypolicydata #RIleg #RIgov #PolicyData (click to tweet)

Click here to view tax burden data by state, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2016

To put Rhode Island’s tax burden into perspective, let’s compare it to size of major industries in the state (as a percent of private sector income). As shown in Chart 3, Rhode Island’s 16.1 percent tax burden is greater than these combined industries: healthcare and social assistance (14.2 percent) and arts, entertainment, and recreation (1.3 percent).

Chart 3 Rhode Island State and Local Tax Burden vs. Major Industry FY 2016.JPG

#RhodeIsland state and local #taxburden > combined industries: healthcare and social assistance and arts/entertainment http://bit.ly/2FX9C8F @keypolicydata #RIleg #RIgov #PolicyData (click to tweet)

Rhode Island’s high tax burden by type is driven by a high property tax burden (7 percent, 4th highest).

Of course, the tax burdens for local government can vary just as much as they do among the 50 states. As such, we have also calculated the local government tax burden for every county in Rhode Island—this includes every taxing jurisdiction within the geographic county borders whether it is a city, a special district, or county government itself.

Rhode Island only has 5 counties shown below from the highest local government tax burden to the lowest:

  • Washington County, RI (8.1 percent)
  • Newport County, RI (7.9 percent)
  • Providence County, RI (7.1 percent)
  • Kent County, RI (6.6 percent)
  • Bristol County, RI (5.6 percent)

Chart 4 Rhode Island Local Tax Burden by County FY 2016.JPG

Click here to view tax burden data by state, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2016

Finally, don’t forget to watch our exclusive time-lapse video of state and local tax burdens over the last 66 years! See if your state has been above or below the national average?



Tags:
Category:

Please add your bio info through your member profile page, or through your dashboard.




This post first appeared on Key Policy Data :: Home, please read the originial post: here

Share the post

Rhode Island has the Ninth Highest State and Local Tax Burden in the Nation for FY 2016

×

Subscribe to Key Policy Data :: Home

Get updates delivered right to your inbox!

Thank you for your subscription

×