The following article featuring IRG’s Chris Reader was published by Center Square Wisconsin on Thursday, June 8 2023.
(Center Square Wisconsin) – Report: Wisconsin losing people to zero, flat income tax states
(The Center Square) – The Institute for Reforming Government says its analysis of IRS data shows most of the people who left Wisconsin went to states with either flat, or no income taxes at all.
“We found that 92,000 people, in the latest numbers from back in 2021, left the state,” IRG Vice President Chris Reader told The Center Square. “When you look at where they left, they went largely to states that had a better tax climate.”
Wisconsin lost 23,255 to zero income tax states, including Florida, Texas, and Tennessee, IRG says. Of those, 11,371 went to Illinois.
“One thing Illinois beats us at, is they have a better income tax system. They have a flat tax compared to our progressive system,” Reeder said. “It’s not so much about which specific states they are going to, it’s the class of states. And the class of states that folks are largely moving out of Wisconsin towards are states where they have a better opportunity to keep more of their paycheck.”
You can read the full article here.