The Tax Foundation has released their annual state-by-state measure of tax burdens, and North Dakota comes in at number 33.
As the map above shows, our state did significantly better than Minnesota which had the 8th highest tax burden in the nation. Montana performed slightly better, though, coming it at 38 and South Dakota came in well below us at 49.
The lowest tax burden in the nation was Alaska with residents there paying just 6.5 percent of their incomes in local and state taxes. North Dakotans paid 9 percent, compared to 7.1 percent in South Dakota, 8.7 percent in Montana, and 10.8 percent in Minnesota.
“A state’s tax burden is the portion of total state income that goes to state and local taxes,” the Tax Foundation notes by way of explaining what these numbers represent.
North Dakota’s current position is much lower than it was back in the 1970’s, though higher than it was a decade ago. “North Dakota’s burden has fallen from 11.9 percent in 1977 to 9.0 percent of income in 2012. Its burden was even lower in 2005 at 8.8 percent,” the Tax Foundation reports.
You can read the full report here.