My Last 20 Short Articles and Quick Facts – Highest/Lowest Tax Burdens – By State

By April 25th, 2022

Blog No 146 
April 26, 2022
By Mack W. Borgen
Author (7 Books): The White Binder (2022); The Writings of a Lifetime (2021); Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America (Three Volumes) (2018-2019); and The Relevance of Reason – The Hard Facts and Real Data about the State of Current America (2 Volumes) (2013). As Advertised in The New York Review of Books. Recipient of Eight National Book Awards
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Maybe Just Enjoy My Short Articles 

It has been a tough spring for all of us in the stock market – with no assured improvement yet in sight. But this will pass – just like the social and political chaos and the 132 covid variants and subvariants we’ve had to endure over the last couple of years.

Though there is much we must do. Though there are many to keep in our prayers.

It IS also important to live, laugh, and think about — and those are some of the primary objectives of my now 145 articles. 

Some of my articles are serious — recent court rulings and important real estate and business law developments.

Some articles are humorous.

Some articles focus upon America’s twisty and cantankerous social and political life.

Some articles are humble ideas about how to “Fix America.”

But the hopeful, common theme is that they be thoughtful and fun.

Quick Facts – Best Songs Lyrics and Movie Lines  

And even Fancypants Words we can toss around before closing time.

 So, enjoy. It’s another week. Tax season just passed. Spring is here. Summer is coming. And we deserve it.

Quick Facts

(The Highest and Lowest Tax Burdens – By-State)

The most meaningful way to compare the relative tax burdens in different states is to compare the aggregate amounts of individual income, property, sales and excise taxes as a percentage share of one’s total personal income. The comparative tax burdens amongst the states varies greatly  — from a high of 12.75% (New York) to a low of 5.06% (Alaska). The ten states with the highest and lowest tax burdens are as follows:

Highest Tax Burden States (Range: 9.70% – 12.75%)

  1.        New York (12.75%)
  2.        Hawaii (12.70%)
  3.        Maine (11.42%)
  4.        Vermont (11.13%)
  5.        Minnesota (10.20%
  6.        New Jersey (10.11%)
  7.        Connecticut (10.06%)
  8.        Rhode Island (9.91%)
  9.        California (9.72%)
  10.        Illinois (9.7%) income

Lowest Tax Burden States (Range:  5.06% – 7.47%)

  1.        Alaska (5.06%)
  2.        Tennessee (5.75%)
  3.        Delaware (6.22%)
  4.        Wyoming (6.32%)
  5.        New Hampshire (6.41%)
  6.        Florida (6.64%)
  7.        South Dakota (7.12%)
  8.        Montana (7.39%)
  9.       Alabama (7.41%)
  10.       Oklahoma (7.47%)
Source: CNBC citing data from a WalletHub report, April 1, 2022.


(Nos. 125 – 145) (Dec 2020 – Apr 2022) 

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Blog     Date                      Articles and Materials

125      Dec. 1, 2020     Article: Fixing America Idea No. 21 – We Attorneys Are a (Big) Part of America’s Problems (Part 1) ; Fancypants Word of the Day – Neophilia.
126      Dec. 3, 2020     Article: Fixing America Idea No. 21 – We Attorneys Are a (Big) Part of America’s Problems (Part 2); Fancypants Word of the Day – Ensurient.
127      Dec. 16, 2020   Best Song Lyrics of Modern America ; The New Words from Our Covid-19 Year.
128      Dec. 31, 2020   Article: Politics and Pandemic – More of the (Please) Go-Away Words of 2020.
—          Mar. 1,   2021   Announcement – Release of My New Book – The Writings of a Lifetime.  
—          Mar. 8,   2021   Announcement: Front Cover of My New Book and First Reviews.
129      May 17, 2021   Offer: Free Copies of My Books.
130      May 25, 2021   Quick Facts (Corporate Tax Rates); Best Song Lyrics of Modern America – Part 19; Best Movie Lines of All Time; Fancypants Word of the Day – Otiose.
131      Jun. 2, 2021     Article: Fixing America – Idea 22 – Ban Commercially-Driven, Direct-To-Consumer Pharmaceutical Drug Advertising.  
132      Jun. 29, 2021   Article: Fixing America – Idea 23 A (Much) Better Way to Vote.
133      Jul.  13, 2021    Quick Facts (More Paid Labor Hours and Less Parenting); Best Song Lyrics of Modern America – Part 20; Best Movie Lines of All Time; Fancypants Word of the Day – Spoonerism.
134     Jul. 27, 2021    Quick Facts (Wealth Distribution in U.S.); Article: Who to Believe? – The Most- and Least-Biased News Sources – Part 1.
135      Aug. 10, 2021  Article: Who to Believe? – The Worst and the Best News Sources in America – Ranked and Rated – Part 2
136      Dec. 10, 2021   Quick Facts (US Supreme Court and US Military Budget); Article: The (Mis)Use of Litigation, and the Need for the Close Review of “Boilerplate Terms.”
137      Dec. 14, 2021   Reader’s Brilliant Addendum to My Article (The (Mis)Use of Litigation).
138      Jan. 8, 2022     Article: The Please and the 10 Pleas for America’s New Year.
139      Jan. 25, 2022   Article: For All of Us – Major New Project – The White Binder –Your Personal Data Book.
140      Feb. 1, 2022     Announcement: The White Binder – Overwhelming Response.
141      Feb. 15, 2022    Quick Facts (Inflation and Wealth Distribution) – Baby Boomers; Best Song Lyrics of Modern America – Part 21; Fancypants Word of the Day – Potation.
142     Feb. 23, 2022   Article: New California Real Estate Laws – A Quick Summary (and Other New Laws of Interest).
143     Mar. 9, 2022    Announcement: Writer’s Heartbreak, March Madness, and Friends-Only Book Sale.
144     Mar. 22, 2022   Article: The Concept of Periodic Legal Checkups and the Wiser, “Preventive” Use of Counsel;Quick Facts (US Household Net Worth Percentiles); Alternative Post-Pandemic Work Policies.                   
 145     Apr. 5, 2022    Articles: Three Reasons to Read (O.K. At Least Skim) the Fine Print!; Important Employment Law Cases; Major Changes Pursuant to the CA Revised Limited Liability Company Act; Quick (Tax) Facts – US IRS Tax Audit Rate and Nine Recognized IRS Audit Triggers); Fancypants (Acadamese) Word of the Day – Asynchronous Learning.

New Fancypants Word of the Day

Mephitic (Adj)(Latin):  1) Offensive smelling, 2) Harmful or poisonous. Examples of uses in sentences:
Serious Example: “The man with dirty clothes and an overgrown, unruly beard was responsible for the mephitic air on the plane.” 
More Humorous Example: “That stack of dirty clothes in the corner of the room has already become mephitic, and if enough time passes, it could become dangerously mephitic.”



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