Some on the right like to claim that the poor do not pay taxes. A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows why this is a myth. ITEP looked all the taxes that people in states pay — income, property, sales, and other forms — and found that almost every state asks poor and middle income families to pay more of their income in taxes than the very rich.
Here’s a chart of the top 10 worst states. Note that in Washington State, the poor actually pay six times as much of their incomes in taxes as the top 1 percent :
Among the states studied, Oregon and Vermont were deemed to have the most progressive tax systems.