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Tax collections of $11,311 per capita in the District of Columbia surpass those in any state, according to an April 14 report by the Washington-based, nonpartisan Tax Foundation, as of fiscal year 2018 (the most recent data available).

The five states with the highest tax collections per capita were New York ($9,829), Connecticut ($8,494), North Dakota ($7,611), New Jersey ($7,423), and Hawaii ($7,332).

The five states with the lowest tax collections per capita were Tennessee ($3,286), Alabama ($3,527), South Carolina ($3,705), Mississippi ($3,767), and Arizona ($3,824).

The per capita state and local tax collections for Illinois were $5,946, the eleventh-highest in the country. By contrast, Texas was 29th and Florida was 42nd.

“Illinois is not a ‘low-tax’ state,” said Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF). “Despite the infusion of taxpayer dollars by the Biden administration, the wild spending by Ill. Gov. Jay Robert ‘J. B.’ Pritzker (D) and his gofers in the general assembly have produced a very grim economic future for the state.”

“Even with federal dollars and the high per capita tax collections, the out-of-control lavish, gold-plated pensions for retired government employees will put Illinois in a permanent state of functional bankruptcy unless Illinois taxpayers vote the tax thieves in the general assembly out of office.”

“As long as they remain in power, Pritzker, possibly the worst governor in Illinois history, will have free reign.”

Source: State and Local Tax Collections Per Capita in Your State, 2021 (

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