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DC Tax Payers Pay Most Per Capita Than Anywhere Else in US

DC Tax Payers Pay Most Per Capita Than Anywhere Else in US

Washington, D.C. tax payers pay the most per person than anywhere else in the country, but they get back $4 for every $1 paid. (Msdogan/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 17 April 2017 05:18 PM

Washington, D.C. tax payers pay the most — by far — per capita of tax payers in any state in the country.

The average taxes paid per person in the District of Columbia last year was $37,000 per person for federal income, payroll, and estate taxes, according to The Associated Press. Delaware was the next closest state at $16,000 per person. West Virginia paid the least at $3,600 per person on average.

Nationwide, the average tax payer paid about $8,500 in 2015, according to The Motley Fool.

Cost of living and median household income account for much of the difference, with D.C. having an extremely high cost of living and West Virginia having low median household income, the AP reported.

“It’s where the money is,” Tax Policy Center fellow Roberton Williams said about the nation's capital, the AP reported. “The reason the District pays so much in taxes is that there are a lot of high income people there.”

The District of Columbia is not even a state and does not get a vote about tax policy or any other policy, but many of the most powerful politicians, lobbyists, and statesmen live there.

Although D.C. pays more than any state in taxes per person, it gets back $4 for every $1 paid in taxes, the AP said. The reason so much gets returned to D.C. is largely because of wages for federal employees, many of whom commute from outside the city and don't pay federal taxes there.

Mississippi, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Alabama also get back more than they pay in for taxes because they have many residents who get federal benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, disability, and food stamps, the AP reported.

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