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State Individual Income Tax Progressivity

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Carol Rosenberg

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Tax Policy; State and Local Issues; Taxation of Households; Distribution of Taxes and Income

Type: Paper


Personal income tax systems vary widely across states, leading to different levels of progressivity. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have an individual income tax. Eight of these states apply a single tax rate to all taxable income, while the remaining states have multiple tax brackets and rates. Even among states with graduated rates, most systems are fairly flat.