The Car Tax: How Does Rhode Island Rank?

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Take a look at the top 10 states.

The funny thing about Rhode Island taxes is that, for the most part, most of our marginal tax rates fit within the norm. There just isn’t much that isn’t taxed.

Here’s a quick brief on what the average state charges:

A recent analysis by WalletHub.com found the average red state resident pays a yearly vehicle property tax of $238, while the average levy in blue states is actually a bit lower at $212. And while 14 blue states (plus the District of Columbia, which backed President Barack Obama in 2012) have no vehicle property taxes at all, that’s only true of nine red states.



That said, let’s take a look at the states with the 10 highest average car tax rates.

10. New Hampshire – $413

9. South Carolina – $416

8. Massachusetts – $517

7. Maine – $551

6. Missouri – $595

5. Connecticut – $630

4. Mississippi – $743

3. Kansas – $905

2. Virginia – $962

…and isn’t this a surprise…

1. Rhode Island – $1,333

So if you take the national average and throw a grand on top of it, that’s still not as high as what we’re paying in Little Rhody.

Oh well, those state pensions aren’t going to pay for themselves…

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Automotive Correspondent

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