Mississippi has the Twentieth Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2013

Apr 21, 2015

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Mississippi collected $10.2 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the average Mississippi taxpayer can afford this level of taxation.

As shown in the Chart 1 below, Mississippi’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by personal income) was the twentieth highest in the nation for FY 2013 at 10.2 percent—this is -1 percent below the national average of 10.3 percent. As shown in Chart 2, Mississippi’s tax burden has grown by 26 percent to 10.2 percent in FY 2013 from 8.1 percent in FY 1950.

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Mississippi’s higher-than-average state and local tax burden is driven by the sales tax (3.2 percent, 10th highest), the corporate income tax (0.41 percent, 14th highest), and all other taxes (2.3 percent, 13th highest). However, offsetting the higher taxes are the property tax burden (2.7 percent, 34th highest) and individual income tax burden (1.6 percent, 38th highest).

#Mississippi #taxburden has grown 26% between FY 1950 to 2013 to 10.2% from 8.1%. (click to tweet)

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 Mississippi—this includes every taxing jurisdiction within the geographic county borders whether it is a city, a special district, or county government itself.

The Mississippi counties with the highest local government tax burden include: Tunica County, MS (6 percent), Warren County, MS (3.9 percent), and Forrest County, MS (3.9 percent). The Mississippi counties with the lowest local government tax burden include: Neshoba County, MS (1.3 percent), Kemper County, MS (1.6 percent), and Amite County, MS (1.7 percent).

Click here to view tax burden data by state, county, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2013.

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Category: Tax Burdens

J. Scott Moody

Scott has nearly 20 years of experience as a public policy economist. He is the author, co-author and editor of over 180 studies and books. His professional experience also includes positions at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Granite Institute, Federalism In Action, Maine Heritage Policy Center, Tax Foundation, and Heritage Foundation.

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