Report shows Imperial County in top ten lowest taxed CA counties


Places with the Lowest Tax Burden

Rank County Income Tax Sales Tax Property Tax Fuel Tax Tax Burden Index
1 Modoc, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,128 $310 68.81
2 Tehama, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,307 $343 67.02
3 Lassen, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,414 $266 66.77
4 Siskiyou, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,360 $328 66.70
5 Trinity, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,421 $299 66.43
6 Del Norte, CA $10,054 $1,165 $1,423 $286 66.21
7 Kings, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,412 $351 66.07
8 Imperial, CA $10,054 $1,202 $1,383 $323 65.92
9 Merced, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,448 $355 65.73
10 Colusa, CA $10,054 $1,127 $1,418 $394 65.66
CA $10,067 $1,198 $2,517 $377


Where you live can have a big impact on both which types of taxes you have to pay each year and how much money you spend on them. SmartAsset calculated the amount of money a specific person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county in the country and ranked the lowest to highest tax burden.

To better compare income tax burdens across counties, they used the national median household income. They then applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating federal, state and local income taxes.

In order to determine sales tax burden they estimated that 35% of take-home (after-tax) pay is spent on taxable goods. They multiplied the average sales tax rate for a county by the household income less income tax. This product is then multiplied by 35% to estimate the sales tax paid.

For property taxes, they compared the median property taxes paid in each county.

For fuel taxes, they first distributed statewide vehicle miles traveled down to the county level using the number of vehicles in each county. SmartAsset then calculated the total number of licensed drivers within each county. The countywide miles were then distributed amongst the licensed drivers in the county, which gave them the miles driven per licensed driver. Using the nationwide average fuel economy, they calculated the average gallons of gas used per driver in each county and multiplied that by the fuel tax.

SmartAsset then added the dollar amount for income, sales, property and fuel taxes to rank the counties to calculate a total tax burden.

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