Illinois Among Top States for Tax Gripes, Gallup Says

By Sally Deneen

If you grumble about high taxes, you have plenty of company: About three out of four Illinois residents say state taxes are too high, ranking the Prairie State third nationally for such gripes, Gallup states.

New York and New Jersey tie for first place among states whose residents are most negative about their state taxes, according to Gallup. Nearly eight out of 10 people there feel state taxes are too high. Connecticut residents trail closely, with 76 percent of its residents unhappy about high taxes, compared to Illinois' 71 percent.

Coincidentally, Wallet Hub's rankings on the "Best and Worst States to Be a Taxpayer" help lend credence to the grumbles.

New York stands out as the most-taxed state in the nation. Illinois places fifth, with state and local taxes here averaging $9,006, according to Wallet Hub. Similarly, the Tax Foundation places Illinois 13th and New York first nationally for their state and local tax burdens, which include income taxes, sales taxes, taxes associated with home ownership and inheritance.

Relative tax nirvana is found in, say, Nevada. Only about one in four Nevadans feel their state taxes are too high, according to Gallup polling conducted from June to December. State and local taxes in the arid western state amount to about two-thirds less than in Illinois. In Nevada, they average $3,370, according to Wallet Hub.

While you might figure tax gripes are a national pastime, Gallup found that in 26 states, less than half of people polled say state taxes are too high. "So while the saying goes that only death and taxes are certain, evidently complaining about taxes isn't," quips the Gallup report.

People in these states were least likely to tell Gallup their state taxes were too high: Wyoming (where only 19 percent polled say taxes are too high), Alaska (21 percent), South Dakota (27 percent), Nevada (28 percent), and Florida (33 percent).