State Tax Collection Data: Income, Sales, License, Other Taxes

Tax burdens and how tax systems are structured vary greatly from state to state. Some rely primarily on income taxes, while others lean heavily on sales taxes and impose no income tax at all.

Nationally, state tax collection totals have not shifted much. Several individual states, however, have become more reliant on sales taxes instead of income taxes or vice versa. States like Ohio, for example, rely more on sales taxes than in previous years, while Illinois has gradually become more dependent on income taxes.

More recently, several states moved to cut income taxes while implementing sales tax hikes to make up the difference. Many of these changes are not yet reflected in tax collection data, though, as they either have not been implemented or will be phased in over time.