HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate State Income Tax Quiz
by Staff
Do you realize that the amount of taxes you pay may vary significantly depending on which state you live in? Some states have high tax rates, whereas some have no personal income tax at all. Take our quiz to find out how tax rates in your state might affect you.

How many U.S. states have an income tax?

  • 13
  • 23
  • 43

Which of the following are taxes that state governments collect?

  • sales tax
  • income tax
  • both of the above

Which of the following constitute income?

  • interest on savings accounts
  • alimony payments
  • gambling debts

What is the highest percentage of your income taken by any U.S. state in income tax?

  • 11 per cent
  • 21 per cent
  • 31 percent

Tax deductions are used by the government to:

  • encourage spending
  • encourage saving
  • encourage tax paying

Most states base their taxes on the adjusted gross income you calculated for your _____taxes.

  • local
  • state
  • federal

A progressive tax varies depending on how much money you make. Which U.S. state has the lowest progressive tax level?

  • Iowa
  • Hawaii
  • New York

State tax counts for an average of about _____percent of total state revenue.

  • 9
  • 19
  • 29

Most states require you to pay taxes in the state:

  • in which your income is earned
  • in which you live
  • in which you were born

Which state had the highest individual income tax burden in 2008?

  • New York
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Which of the following are a large source of revenue for the state of Wyoming?

  • mineral royalty taxes
  • severance taxes
  • both of the above

Which of the following are a large source of revenue for the state of Nevada?

  • gaming tax
  • personal income tax
  • severance tax

If you own two homes in two different states, where do you generally pay state income tax?

  • in your primary residence
  • in the state with the highest tax rate
  • in the state with the lowest tax rate

Military personnel pay personal income tax in the state:

  • where they were born
  • they lived in at the time of their enlistment
  • where their military base is located

The total amount you would pay in taxes is called your:

  • tax burden
  • tax responsibility
  • tax obligation