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As in every election, the issue of taxes played a significant role in the 2016 presidential campaigns. President Donald Trump’s tax plan has gone under the microscope since the polls closed, due to allegations that his strategy won’t aid the middle class as much as was promised during his campaign.

How that plan evolves as we move further into Trump’s presidency remains to be seen. With this in mind, the data experts at CareerTrends ? an employment and career research site powered by Graphiq ? used the most recent data from the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator to find which states pay the least in taxes.

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CareerTrends ranked the states based on the annual dollar amount that a married couple with one child needs to pay in taxes to meet a secure yet modest living standard in a given location, while operating under the assumption that income taxes are jointly filed by the married couple. The monthly budget used is provided by the EPI’s 2015 Family Budget Calculator, which provides an estimate of community-specific costs of childcare, food, healthcare, housing, taxes, transportation and other necessities for different family sizes across 618 locations.

It’s important to note that the factor used to order the states is the total dollar amount, not the tax rates, that a married family with one child paid in annual taxes. Under this criteria, several Southern states ? like South Carolina, Arkansas and Texas ? are among the 10 states that paid the least in taxes in 2015.

Alabama (#18)

  • Annual taxes: $6,334
  • Monthly taxes: $527
  • Population: 4.8 million

Alaska (#21)

  • Annual taxes: $6,429
  • Monthly taxes: $535
  • Population: 728,000

Arizona (#20)

  • Annual taxes: $6,398
  • Monthly taxes: $533
  • Population: 6.56 million

Arkansas (#7)

  • Annual taxes: $5,682
  • Monthly taxes: $473
  • Population: 2.95 million

California (#38)

  • Annual taxes: $7,892
  • Monthly taxes: $657
  • Population: 38 million

Colorado (#39)

  • Annual taxes: $7,908
  • Monthly taxes: $659
  • Population: 5.2 million

Connecticut (#50)

  • Annual taxes: $11,227
  • Monthly taxes: $935
  • Population: 3.6 million

Delaware (#37)

  • Annual taxes: $7,847
  • Monthly taxes: $654
  • Population: 917,000

Florida (#9)

  • Annual taxes: $5,842
  • Monthly taxes: $486
  • Population: 19.4 million

Georgia (#29)

  • Annual taxes: $6,978
  • Monthly taxes: $581
  • Population: 9.91 million

Hawaii (#45)

  • Annual taxes: $8,925
  • Monthly taxes: $744
  • Population: 1.39 million

Idaho (#5)

  • Annual taxes: $5,543
  • Monthly taxes: $462
  • Population: 1.6 million

Illinois (#41)

  • Annual taxes: $8,213
  • Monthly taxes: $684
  • Population: 12.87 million

Indiana (#26)

  • Annual taxes: $6,713
  • Monthly taxes: $559
  • Population: 6.54 million

Iowa (#30)

  • Annual taxes: $7,112
  • Monthly taxes: $592
  • Population: 3.1 million

Kansas (#19)

  • Annual taxes: $6,338
  • Monthly taxes: $528
  • Population: 2.88 million

Kentucky (#16)

  • Annual taxes: $6,313
  • Monthly taxes: $526
  • Population: 4.4 million

Louisiana (#10)

  • Annual taxes: $5,903
  • Monthly taxes: $492
  • Population: 4.6 million

Maine (#40)

  • Annual taxes: $7,938
  • Monthly taxes: $661
  • Population: 1.33 million

Maryland (#42)

  • Annual taxes: $8,232
  • Monthly taxes: $686
  • Population: 5.89 million

Massachusetts (#48)

  • Annual taxes: $10,193
  • Monthly taxes: $849
  • Population: 6.65 million

Michigan (#28)

  • Annual taxes: $6,926
  • Monthly taxes: $577
  • Population: 9.89 million

Minnesota (#35)

  • Annual taxes: $7,646
  • Monthly taxes: $637
  • Population: 5.38 million

Mississippi (#24)

  • Annual taxes: $6,655
  • Monthly taxes: $554
  • Population: 2.98 million

Missouri (#15)

  • Annual taxes: $6,204
  • Monthly taxes: $517
  • Population: 6 million

Montana (#23)

  • Annual taxes: $6,623
  • Monthly taxes: $552
  • Population: 1 million

Nebraska (#12)

  • Annual taxes: $5,924
  • Monthly taxes: $493
  • Population: 1.86 million

Nevada (#25)

  • Annual taxes: $6,671
  • Monthly taxes: $556
  • Population: 2.76 million

New Hampshire (#34)

  • Annual taxes: $7,601
  • Monthly taxes: $633
  • Population: 1.32 million

New Jersey (#46)

  • Annual taxes: $9,291
  • Monthly taxes: $774
  • Population: 8.87 million

New Mexico (#11)

  • Annual taxes: $5,914
  • Monthly taxes: $492
  • Population: 2.1 million

New York (#49)

  • Annual taxes: $10,545
  • Monthly taxes: $878
  • Population: 19.6 million

North Carolina (#36)

  • Annual taxes: $7,790
  • Monthly taxes: $654
  • Population: 9.75 million

North Dakota (#6)

  • Annual taxes: $5,549
  • Monthly taxes: $462
  • Population: 705,000

Ohio (#13)

  • Annual taxes: $5,941
  • Monthly taxes: $495
  • Population: 11.56 million

Oklahoma (#4)

  • Annual taxes: $4,889
  • Monthly taxes: $407
  • Population: 3.8 million

Oregon (#44)

  • Annual taxes: $8,489
  • Monthly taxes: $707
  • Population: 3.9 million

Pennsylvania (#31)

  • Annual taxes: $7,174
  • Monthly taxes: $597
  • Population: 12.76 million

Rhode Island (#43)

  • Annual taxes: $8,296
  • Monthly taxes: $691
  • Population: 1.05 million

South Carolina (#8)

  • Annual taxes: $5,714
  • Monthly taxes: $476
  • Population: 4.73 million

South Dakota (#2)

  • Annual taxes: $4,795
  • Monthly taxes: $399
  • Population: 835,000

Tennessee (#1)

  • Annual taxes: $3,397
  • Monthly taxes: $283
  • Population: 6.45 million

Texas (#3)

  • Annual taxes: $4,855
  • Monthly taxes: $404
  • Population: 26.1 million

Utah (#22)

  • Annual taxes: $6,472
  • Monthly taxes: $539
  • Population: 2.86 million

Vermont (#47)

  • Annual taxes: $9,665
  • Monthly taxes: $805
  • Population: 626,000

Virginia (#33)

  • Annual taxes: $7,587
  • Monthly taxes: $632
  • Population: 8.19 million

Washington (#14)

  • Annual taxes: $6,118
  • Monthly taxes: $509
  • Population: 6.9 million

West Virginia (#27)

  • Annual taxes: $6,855
  • Monthly taxes: $571
  • Population: 1.85 million

Wisconsin (#32)

  • Annual taxes: $7,528
  • Monthly taxes: $627
  • Population: 5.72 million

Wyoming (#17)

  • Annual taxes: $6,330
  • Monthly taxes: $527
  • Population: 575,000
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Nick Selbe, CareerTrends

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