Caution: The Tax Foundation’s State and Local Tax Rankings Are Unreliable

Source: Nicholas Johnson, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, August 13, 2008

From the summary:
As it has annually for several years, the Tax Foundation has attempted to measure the current impact of state and local taxation on the residents of each of the 50 states. And once again, the results are very different from the Tax Foundation’s own previous attempts to do this calculation. The Tax Foundations figures — both the national aggregates and the rankings for individual states — differ markedly from the estimates released in 2007, which in turn were very different from the estimates in previous years. The fact that the Tax Foundation revises its results with such frequency calls into question how robust its methodology is — and how seriously the estimates should be taken.

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