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State & local taxes per $1,000 personal income

Washington state & local government taxes per $1,000 personal income

Fiscal Year Taxes per $1,000
personal income
2016 $93.34
2015 $93.62
2014 $93.80
2013 $93.13
2012 $93.99
2011 $97.01
2010 $95.75
2009 $94.06
2008 $98.73
2007 $103.09
2006 $101.97
2005 $98.39
2004 $99.34
2003 N/A
2002 $97.73
2001 N/A
2000 $98.85
1999 $103.52
1998 $106.60
1997 $111.46
1996 $111.88

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  • Between 1995 and 2016 Washington's rank among the 50 states in state and local taxes per $1,000 of personal income fell from 11th to 29th.
  • In 2000, Washington's state and local taxes per $1,000 of personal income dipped below the average of all the states for the first time since 1985.
  • In the 2003-2007 period, the ready availability of consumer credit and a quickly appreciating housing market helped spur consumer spending, resulting in a rebound in taxes relative to personal income.
  • A combination of higher-than-average personal income growth, a state spending limit holding down expenditures, and tax cuts through the legislative and initiative processes, pushed taxes down beginning in 1995.
  • State comparisons of state & local taxes relative to personal income are available from the Washington Department of Revenue's Comparative State and Local Taxes.

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Last modified: October 29, 2018
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