White County is 9th lowest for tax burden in Tennessee
by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 12, 2018 6:34 am
According to recent studies of statewide data, White County officially ranks as one of Tennessee’s top 10 counties with the lowest overall tax burden per resident.
Where a person lives can have a big impact on which types of taxes are paid each year and how much money is spent on them. Tennessee is one of the few states that does not have a state income tax, has some of the lowest property taxes in the country, and has no estate tax.
Recently SmartAsset, a financial technology company, calculated the amount of money a specific person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county, in Tennessee, and across the country. Furthermore, SmartAsset has also ranked each county with the lowest to highest tax burden.
To compare income tax burdens across counties, SmartAsset used the national median household income. For property taxes, median property taxes paid in each county were used for comparison.
White County came in as the ninth lowest tax burden county in Tennessee for 2018 with a tax burden index of 84.35. The average property tax burden, in White County, came in at $524.
“These numbers are partly due to a booming national economy, but much credit must go to both the city and county for working hard to create a business-friendly environment, while maintaining some of the lowest property taxes in the state,” stated Marvin Bullock, president of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce.
For comparison in the Upper Cumberland region, Putnam County ranked 81 out of 95 counties for tax burden, Cumberland County ranked 22, and Warren County is ranked 44 out of 95 counties. In neighboring Van Buren County, SmartAsset ranks 11th for the lowest tax burden county, in Tennessee.
Out of the top 10 lowest tax burden counties in Tennessee, the majority of those counties came out of East Tennessee. The lowest tax burden county, in Tennessee, for 2018 is Johnson County. Furthermore, the highest tax burden county, in Tennessee, was Williamson County.
The following counties are ranked the top 10 lowest tax burden Tennessee counties in order: Johnson, Grundy, Hancock, Perry, Meigs, Fentress, Lake, Campbell, White, and McNairy. Additionally, Williamson, Shelby, Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Wilson, Montgomery, Sumner, Robertson, and Knox counties are the top 10 highest tax burden counties, in Tennessee.
For an interactive map of where all of Tennessee’s 95 counties rank overall and their specific tax burden rankings, click here.