Maryland has the Twenty-Fifth Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2013

May 15, 2015

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Maryland collected $31.6 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the average Maryland taxpayer can afford this level of taxation.

As shown in Chart 1 below, Maryland’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by personal income) was the twenty-fifth highest in the nation for FY 2013 at 10 percent—this is -3 percent below the national average of 10.3 percent. As shown in Chart 2, Maryland’s tax burden has grown over time by 51 percent to 10 percent in FY 2013 from 6.6 percent in FY 1950.

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Maryland’s slightly lower than average state and local tax burden is driven by a low property tax burden (2.7 percent, 35th highest), corporate income tax burden (0.3 percent, 31st highest), sales tax burden (1.3 percent, 43rd highest), and all other taxes burden (1.9 percent, 27th highest). However, Maryland does have a significant individual income tax burden (3.8 percent, 4th highest) that offsets the other lower taxes.

#Maryland #taxburden has grown 51% between FY 1950 to 2013 to 10 % from 6.6%. (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 Maryland—this includes every taxing jurisdiction within the geographic county borders whether it is a city, a special district, or county government itself.

The Maryland counties with the highest local government tax burden include: Garrett County, MD (9.2 percent), Worcester County, MD (9.1 percent), and Calvert County, MD (5 percent). The Maryland counties with the lowest local government tax burden include: Somerset County, MD (3.4 percent), Talbot County, MD (3.4 percent), and Allegany County, MD (3.4 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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