Arizona’s Poorest Income Earners Pay the Most in Taxes

| November 22, 2015

Low Income Arizona Families Pay High Taxes

According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), the poorest Arizona households pay $12.50 in state and local taxes for every $100 in income, compared to just $4.60 of for the state’s richest residents.
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Arizona is considered one of the “Terrible 10”  meaning exactly what it says:  those who make the least amount of money pay the biggest share of their income in total state and local taxes, while the wealthiest pay the smallest chunk. Arizona’s lowest income families pay the highest state and local taxes as a share of their income of any other state in our region: California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  In fact, only four states tax their poorest families more heavily than Arizona.


This didn’t happen by accident.  Continued cuts to the state’s income tax and a heavier reliance on sales taxes shifts the responsibility away from the rich, who can most afford to pay.It’s clear that Arizona needs a fairer tax system that gives the lowest-income families a chance to move up the economic ladder.

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