Study: Mass. not among the worst for taxes

The study looked into state and local taxes

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts has long had the label, “Taxachusetts,” but according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the state ranks 22nd for taxes to fund things like schools, public safety and transportation infrastructure.

The study looked into state and local taxes as a share of state personal income. Massachusetts at 10.1% came in slightly below the U.S. average of 10.3%.

The income tax in Massachusetts is 5.25% and sales tax is 6.25%, but cities and towns also impose local taxes on things like meals.

People told 22News what they think about how much they get taxed. Joel Kaminski of Northampton told 22News “On the local tax front, my own taxes have risen by about 20% over three years, and while I can afford that, I have grave concerns about the community being able to achieve the balance it would like to have with taxes rising so quickly.”

The state with the highest percentage was Arkansas, at nearly 25%. The lowest was South Dakota.

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