We’d like our taxes to be low. Sure, we value the schools, police and fire protection, roads and parks and libraries that our taxes support. But we all like a bargain. We’d like to have all those things at a low, low price. How low are taxes in Indiana?
The Census Bureau provides a great source for tax revenue numbers in each state, called “State and Local Government Finances.” The bureau surveys the states each year to collect the data. It takes a while to add them up, though, so the most recent figures are from 2016. To compare taxes, let’s divide tax revenues by income, to see what share of income people in each state pay to each tax.