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Google Maps: Sales Tax Rates In New York

The average sales tax rate in New York State is 8.0%. Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties have the state's lowest sales taxes at 7%. The highest sales tax upstate is Oneida County at 8.75%, the highest downstate is New York City at 8 7/8%, which includes the Metropolitan Transit Region surcharge of 3/8th of a percent.

Data Source: NYS Tax and Finance, Form 718, Sales Tax Rates by County and City. https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/sales/pub718.pdf

Google Maps: Median Property Tax By County

A major cost of living in New York State is taxes. We have very high property taxes, but then again does much of New England. The median property tax bill in Albany County, NY is $4,200, while the median property tax bill in the mountain country of Webster County, WV is $268. In much of the south, especially away from the oceans and metropolitan areas, property taxes are much lower then in our area. You can understand why many people, especially seniors to choose to move to lower tax states.

Data Source: MORTGAGE STATUS BY AGGREGATE REAL ESTATE TAXES PAID (DOLLARS). Universe: Owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_5YR_B25090&prodType=table

Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It.

"Here’s how preparing your taxes could work: You sit down, review a prefilled filing from the government. If it’s accurate, you sign it. If it’s not, you fix it or ignore it altogether and prepare your return yourself. It’s your choice. You might not have to pay for an accountant, or fiddle for hours with complex software. It could all be over in minutes.

It’s already like that in parts of Europe. And it would not be particularly difficult to give U.S. taxpayers the same option. After all, the government already gets earnings information from employers.

But as ProPublica has detailed again and again, Intuit — the makers of TurboTax — and H&R Block have lobbied for years to derail any move toward such a system. And they continued in 2016."

The One Percent in New York

This graph shows how many taxpayers in New York fall into one of these categories: Less then 200k, 200k-500k, 500k-$1 million, and one million plus. As you can see, only a small percentage of each county makes more then 200k, even in New York City where the cost of living is much higher. Columns are the percent of the total filings. As you can see in many counties, those who make more then $200k a year are the one percent, or only a few percent beyond that.

Data Source: RocDocs Wealthy Taxpayers in New York State, 2013. http://rochester.nydatabases.com/database/wealthy-taxpayers-new-york-state

Local Governments Rebuff Efforts to Turn Off Red Light Cameras

Local Governments Rebuff Efforts to Turn Off Red Light Cameras

Probably the biggest and most alarming threat to our country is the addiction to government spending. Nobody -- not even conservative republicans -- ever want to cut government due to their fear of cutting popular programs.

But the reality is, we as a country must come to a reckoning -- if we are going to create new programs and laws to deal with "new problems" -- we must cut old programs to pay for them.

We can't just keep on raising taxes, especially not on working folk. There is only so much money to go around in the economy