Top 10 Brokest States in 2010


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Here is my list of the Top Ten states to watch out for this coming year. Our focus at USTaxAid is on business and investors and, of course tax, so we’re focusing in on the states that are most likely to become even more aggressive when it comes to collecting tax. The reason is simple: they’re broke. The stats come from Forbes magazine and StateHealthFacts.org. We’re looking at 4 components here: debt per capita, the amount of unfunded pensions, state annual production and the state revenue change. On state revenue change alone, Alaska gets an honorable mention on the ‘watch list’ as their revenue has dropped by a staggering 68.6%. That means their revenue is now 1/3 of what it used to be. Expect some changes up north.

Here’s our state watch list:

  1. Illinois. Debt per capita is $1,877, unfunded pension per capita is $17,230 (yikes) and revenue is down 10.4%.
  2. New York. Debt per capita is $2,921, unfunded pension is $8,620 and revenue is down 13.2%
  3. Connecticut: Debt per capita is $4,490, unfunded pension is $17,622 and revenue is down 13.1%
  4. California (on the list of course): Debt per capita is $1,805, unfunded pension is $13,015 and revenue is down 12.8%
  5. New Jersey: Debt per capita is $3,621, unfunded pension is $16,838 and revenue is down 13%
  6. Louisiana: Debt per capita is $1,164, unfunded pension is $10,180 and revenue is down 10.1%
  7. Mississippi: Debt per capita is $1,478, unfunded pension is $12,523 and revenue is down 7.1%
  8. Ohio: Debt per capita is $962, unfunded pension is $19,110 and revenue is down 8.6%
  9. Massachusetts: Debt per capita is $4,323, unfunded pension is $9,294 and revenue is down 12.9%
  10. Wisconsin: Debt per capita is $1,429, unfunded pension is $16,418 and revenue is down 13%

Of these listed states, we’ve seen some pretty aggressive action by many of them: New York, Connecticut, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts especially come to mind.
If you have a chance at nexus in these states, be especially careful. They are hungry and looking for money.

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4 Comments so far:


On December 2nd, 2010 | 7:47 pm
Lance van Merlin said:

HOLA..Diane, is Baja Cal NEXUS FREE ??
This ‘down-load & handout nexus’ is insane; but so is the whole nexus idea.
THANKS for the info !!! Grtgs, LvM > > >


On December 3rd, 2010 | 10:09 am
Tabitha said:

What about Texas? From what I’ve read Texas has been as aggressive if not more so as the above top 10.


On December 3rd, 2010 | 11:14 am
Megan Hughes said:

Hi Tabitha,

Texas is in a funny position. Earlier this year TX was voted as the best place in America to do business, in large part because of its business-friendly climate and relatively low tax burden.

Yet at the same time Texas has very aggressive nexus policies — just exhibiting at a trade show for a single day can be enough to establish sales tax nexus, even if you’re just handing out pamphlets and don’t sell a thing!

I don’t think TX is a broke as the other states — that may be what saves it from making the list. Plus, Texas doesn’t currently have a state income tax on individuals, which makes it hard to institute business taxes, especially on flow-through type of businesses.

It’s definitely a state to keep an eye on though.


On December 4th, 2010 | 8:21 am
Diane Kennedy said:

Hola Lance,

LOL Biz nexus for us in NV and which (no coincidence) has no sales tax on digital downloads. We’re watching that one close for our company, though. We don’t want to accidentally trigger nexus in one of the states that taxes digital downloads. Yikes! That would be tough for our business.



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