WalletHub: California has 8th Lowest Effective State & Local Tax Rate

The press release from WalletHub about California’s not-so-bad tax burden is sure to make heads explode at OC Tax, the Orange County Business Council and the opinion desk at the OC Register.  The effective state and local tax rate is the 8th lowest in the nation.

When I read dire statements from those above about California’s terrible tax rate and how it hurts small business, I scratch my head.  My business tax burden isn’t that bad at all and never has been.

Here’s the press release:

WalletHub today released its 2017 Taxpayer Survey as well as its yearly Tax Rates by State report in order to help people better understand this confusing time of year. WalletHub’s Taxpayer Survey features a wide range of fun facts about people’s opinions on tax prep, the IRS and more, while the tax rate report compares the cost of the average person’s various obligations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.   You can find highlights from both below, followed by the full list of WalletHub’s 2017 taxpayer resources:   Tax Rates in California (1=Lowest; 25=Avg.):

  • 8th – Overall Effective State & Local Tax Rate
  • 24th – Vehicle Property Tax
  • 22nd – Sales & Excise Taxes

2017 Taxpayer Survey

  • What We’d Do For A Tax-Free Future…20% would get an “IRS” tattoo, 16% would move abroad and 10% would stop talking for six months.  
  • Will Donald Trump’s tax reforms save us money? “No” is the runaway winner, receiving 65% of the vote.  
  • What We’d Rather Be Doing Than Taxes…30% would talk sex with the kids, 40% would get dirty with diapers and 12% would spend the night in jail.  
  • Whom We’d Most Like To Punch…Donald Trump (51%) was the top choice for the individual most deserving of a pop to the kisser, while only 12% opted for an IRS agent.

WalletHub’s 2017 Taxpayer Resources

  1. What To Do If You Can’t Pay
  2. Pros & Cons Of Paying With Credit
  3. Tips For Avoiding & Dealing With Tax Fraud
  4. Last-Minute Tax Tips
  5. States with the Highest & Lowest Property Taxes