Report: Philly becoming less taxing

Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Anthony R. Wood

09/20/2012 - Living in Philadelphia's suburbs has become a more taxing experience since the millennium began, and a relatively less taxing one in the city.

That's the conclusion of a just-released study of Philadelphia and 236 neighboring towns on both sides of the Delaware River by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

It found that a hypothetical middle-class Philadelphia family paid out 12.9 percent of its income in state and local taxes in 2012, down from 13.5 percent in 2000.

By contrast, the overall tax burden in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania suburbs increased from 9.8 percent to 12.2 percent in the same period.

The upshot, Pew said, is that the city has erased some of the competitive tax advantages enjoyed by its neighbors.


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