There Are Reasons To Be Happy About Taxes in Texas
Here comes that tax deadline, which means it's peak demand time and accountants might be charging more than they did earlier in the tax season. It's true.
But overall, Texans are a lot better off than people in other states when it comes to taxes.
My accountant called me Friday and said my taxes were done. It was 8:30 on a Friday night! Most accountants are working straight through the weekend now, to try to get us all squared away before the April deadline.
The Boston Globe points out some accountants are charging higher rates the closer it gets to the filing deadline. The Globe says January and February filers tend to have more simple taxes and just want to file fast and get the refund, and the March and April filers usually have more complex situations and have to wait on more documents before they file. That's another reason it costs more right now.
Wallethub says Texas ranks in the Top 30 overall for the best local tax situations in the country. Not great at #29, but at least we're not at the bottom. The median household in Texas pays $5,122 in state and local taxes, and people in other states can pay two or three times that each year. That can mean we have a little be more disposable income. We pay on average, $5,700 in federal income taxes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And of course we have no state income tax. When you factor in cost of living, Wallet Hub says Texas ranks 23rd in the country, or the top half for tax rates.
If you're a tax procrastinator, here's some good news. Instead of April 15th this year, the tax filing deadline is Monday, April 18th. Washington D.C. is celebrating Emancipation Day on Friday the 15th, which moves the tax deadline to the next business day.
Hang in there accountants. Only three more weekends to work through.