If You Live in One of These 15 States, a Trip to the Store Is Costing You More in Sales Tax

No matter how much you despise it, paying taxes is unavoidable. You might think you have a great argument for not having to pay income tax, but it’s likely been tried — and shot down.

You might live in one of the lucky states without income tax, but rest assured the government will get its money one way or another. Even if your property tax bill is modest, you might be shelling out in other ways. If you live in Alabama, you have the lowest average property bills in the country, but as we’ll find out you’re still getting taxed.

State sales tax is another way for the government to get your money. So even if you don’t have to pay state income tax, or have lower property taxes, you’re still paying. Here are 15 states where you’re paying the most sales tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

15. New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico It has one of the higher local taxes. | RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • State sales tax rate: 5.125%
  • Average local rate: 2.51%

New Mexico’s combined 7.63% rate is No. 15 on the list, and the state owes its showing on the rankings to the local tax average. The state sales tax rate is just No. 32 in the U.S., but New Mexico has one of the higher local averages in the county, as 25 states plus Washington, D.C., have local rates under 1%.

Next: Missouri makes you pay.

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