After we posted a map of state income tax rates earlier this week, we heard back from many readers who were also interested in seeing state sales tax rates in order to get a more complete fiscal picture.
To that end, here's a handy map from the free market-oriented Tax Foundation on which you can find a combination of the state sales tax rate and the average local rate as of the middle of 2013. (Click on the map to go to a chart of the sales tax rate in each state.)
A few observations:
* Three of the five states with the highest combined rates are in the South (Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana).
* The difference between the state with the highest combined rate (Tennessee) and the lowest one (Alaska) is nearly 8 percent (7.75 percent to be exact). This doesn't account for states with no tax, of course.
* While Tennessee has the highest combined sales tax rate, it has no income tax (save for taxes on income from interest and dividends).
* Washington state has no income tax but one of the highest combined sales tax rates.