Minnesota has the Eleventh Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2015

Aug 10, 2017

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, Minnesota collected $32 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the average Minnesota taxpayer can afford this level of taxation.



Click here to view tax burden data by state, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2015


As shown in Chart 1, Minnesota’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by private sector personal income) was the eleventh highest in the nation for FY 2015 at 15.8 percent—or 9 percent above the national average of 14.4 percent.


Chart 1 Minnesota State and Local Tax Burden FY 2015.jpg


#MN #taxburden in FY 2015 was the 11th highest in the nation at 15.8%— 9% above US avg @keypolicydata #MNleg #MNgov (click to tweet)


As shown in Chart 2, Minnesota’s tax burden has increased over time by 53 percent to 15.8 percent in FY 2015 from 10.3 percent in FY 1950.


Chart 2 Minnesota Tax Burden by Type of Tax FY 1950 to 2015.JPG


#Minnesota #taxburden has increased 53% between FY 1950 to 2015 to 15.8% from 10.3% @keypolicydata #MNleg #MNgov (click to tweet)


Click here to view tax burden data by state, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2015


As shown in Chart 3, Minnesota’s 15.8 percent tax burden is greater than these combined industries: construction (5.8 percent), retail trade (5.5 percent), information (2.4 percent), and real estate and rental and leasing (2.1 percent).


Chart 3 Minnesota State and Local Tax Burden vs. Major Industry FY 2015.JPG


#MN #taxburden > combined industries: construction, retail, information, and real estate @keypolicydata #MNleg #MNgov (click to tweet)


Minnesota’s higher than average state and local tax burden is driven by a significant individual income tax burden (5.1 percent, 6th highest), corporate income tax burden (0.7 percent, 9th highest), and all other taxes burden (3.3 percent, 14th highest) which more than offsets the other lower taxes such as the property tax burden (3.8 percent, 30th highest), and sales tax burden (2.8 percent, 35th 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 Minnesota—this includes every taxing jurisdiction within the geographic county borders whether it is a city, a special district, or county government itself.


The Minnesota counties with the highest local government tax burden include:


  • Mahnomen County, MN (10.5 percent)
  • Cook County, MN (8.2 percent)
  • Mille Lacs County, MN (6.1 percent)
  • Cass County, MN (6 percent)
  • Traverse County, MN (5.9 percent)
  • Crow Wing County, MN (5.9 percent)
  • Hubbard County, MN (5.8 percent)
  • Pine County, MN (5.6 percent)
  • Lake County, MN (5.6 percent)
  • Itasca County, MN (5.5 percent)


The Minnesota counties with the lowest local government tax burden include:


  • Washington County, MN (2.7 percent)
  • Winona County, MN (2.9 percent)
  • Nicollet County, MN (2.9 percent)
  • Pennington County, MN (2.9 percent)
  • Carver County, MN (2.9 percent)
  • Marshall County, MN (2.9 percent)
  • Roseau County, MN (3 percent)
  • Houston County, MN (3 percent)
  • Scott County, MN (3 percent)
  • Dakota County, MN (3.1 percent)


Chart 4 Minnesota Local Tax Burden by County FY 2015.JPG


Click here to view tax burden data by state, type of tax, and for years 1950 to 2015



Finally, don’t forget to watch our exclusive time-lapse video of state and local tax burdens over the last 65 years! See if your state has been above or below the national average?



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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