It is no secret that states are starved for cash, but some have resorted to more tax increases (like Maryland in recent years) rather than fiscal thriftiness. New taxes come from a variety of sources, including income, sales, excise, and telecommunications. The list of the five states imposing more in 2017 are:
1) Maine. The top bracket for the residents with income more than $200,00 has been raised to 10.15% for 2017. The bottom rate is 5.8%; sales tax is 5.5%.
2) California. The tax on a pack of cigarettes increases from 87 cents to $2.87, effective 4/1/2017.. Income tax rates range from 1% to 13.3% (on income of $1M or more for single filers). Sales tax is 7.25%.
3) New Jersey. The tax on a gallon of gas is increasing from 14.5 cents to 37.5 cents. Income tax rates range from 1.4% to 8.97% (on income of $500K or more). Sales tax is 7%. Up to $100K in retirement income will be sheltered from income tax starting in 2020.
4) Pennsylvania. The tax on a pack of cigarettes increases from $1.60 to $2.60. The state also taxes video streaming services at a rate of 6%. Income tax rate is 3.07%; sales tax is 6%.
5) Louisiana. The sales tax rate is rising to 5% from 4%, although the increase is supposed to sunset on 6/30/18. The tax on a pack of cigarettes increases from 86 cents to $1.08. Income tax rates range from 2% yp 6% (on $50K of single income or $100K for joint).