Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket

SmartAsset ranking of tax burden by county (Screen Capture).

Tax-conscious Pennsylvanians might want to take a look at the latest data from SmartAsset, a financial technology company. 

Using the national median household income, coupled with relevant deductions and exemptions, SmartAsset was able to identify which of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have the lowest tax burden, and which have the highest. 

After determining each county’s tax burden using an estimated 35 percent of after-tax pay spent on taxable goods, SmartAsset ranked the counties on a scale of 0 – 100, 100 being the lowest tax burden. 

Here’s the breakdown:

https://smartasset.com/taxes/pennsylvania-tax-calculator#us/tax

Ten Pa. Counties with the lowest tax burden

    1. Forest County – Income tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,012; Fuel tax: $161; Tax burden ranking: 73.62.

 

  • Bedford County – Income tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,175; Fuel tax: 462; Tax burden ranking: 70.23.
  • McKean CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,370; Fuel tax: $481; Tax burden ranking: 68.67.
  • Jefferson CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1347; Fuel tax: $527; Tax burden ranking: 68.50.
  • Northumberland CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,432; Fuel tax: $527; Tax burden ranking: 67.87.
  • Warren CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,463; Fuel tax: $507; Tax burden ranking: 67.79.
  • Elk CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,509; Fuel tax: $486; Tax burden ranking: 67.61.
  • Juniata CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,649; Fuel tax: $500; Tax burden ranking: 66.48.
  • Fulton CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,816; Fuel tax: 438; Tax burden ranking: 65.71.
  • Crawford CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $1,828; Fuel tax: $467; Tax burden ranking: 65.41.

So how do Pennsylvania’s top counties compare nationally?

Well, No. 1, Forest County, ranks No. 970 nationally and No. 2, Bedford County ranks 1,428 nationally among counties with the lowest tax burden. 

Ten Pa. counties with the highest tax burdens

  • Bucks County – Income tax: $10,919; Sales tax: $1,037; Property tax: $4,997; Fuel tax: $581; Tax burden ranking: 37.09.
  • Montgomery CountyIncome tax: $10,919; Sales tax: $1,037; Property tax: $4,777; Fuel tax: $549; Tax burden ranking: 38.92.
  • Chester CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $5,177; Fuel tax: $530; Tax burden ranking: 40.46.
  • Delaware CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $5,075; Fuel tax: $459; Tax burden ranking: 41.72.
  • Lehigh CountyIncome tax: $10,919; Sales tax: $1,037; Property tax: $3,779; Fuel tax: $569; Tax burden ranking: 46.08.
  • Northampton CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $4,268; Fuel tax: $572; Tax burden ranking: 46.80.
  • Berks CountyIncome tax: $10,919; Sales tax: $1,037; Property tax: $3,635; Fuel tax: $583; Tax burden ranking: 47.03.
  • York CountyIncome tax: $11,070; Sales tax: $1,034; Property tax: $3,330; Fuel tax: $572; Tax burden ranking: 48.27.
  • Monroe CountyIncome tax: $10,316; Sales tax: $1,050; Property tax: $4,112; Fuel tax: $488; Tax burden ranking: 48.56.
  • Lancaster County – Income tax: $10,919; Sales tax: $1,037; Property tax: $3,392; Fuel tax: $550; Tax burden ranking: 49.05.
Cassie Miller
A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.