In Search of State Budget That Creates Opportunity for All
When all types of state and local taxes are combined—income, sales, and property—families with income in the lowest 20 percent pay twice what families in the top 1 percent do—$12.95 for every
$100 of income and $8.49 for middle income families compared to $5.91 for the highest income families. Sales taxes make up the largest portion of the taxes paid by those with the lowest incomes. Families with the lowest incomes in Arizona also pay more of their income in state and local taxes than do the lowest income families in all neighboring states.