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N.J. residents are unhappy with the high cost of taxes, poll says

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The latest findings from Gallup Inc. suggest that 77 percent of New Jersey residents are unhappy with the high cost of state taxes.

The bi-lingual telephone poll, conducted between June and December of last year, included at least 600 representative interviews will residents aged 18 and older in all fifty U.S. states.

On average, half of the country complained of high state taxation—but none more than the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, where three out of four residents reported dissatisfaction.

It’s no surprise that Americans living in the Northeast are more likely to be upset about the cost of taxes in their area, with the exceptions of New Hampshire (41 percent) and Delaware (34 percent).

According to the Tax Foundation estimates, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin and California residents pay an average of 11 percent or more of their income in state and local taxes. On average, 69 percent of these residents are dissatisfied.

In states where residents average less than 8 percent of their income in state and local taxes, such as South Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming, less than one-third of residents complained.

Those living in states with higher combined state and local tax burdens—income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, and inheritance taxes—are much more likely to complain than states with no income tax, like Florida (33 percent) and Texas (39 percent).

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