Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 302
State-by-State Tax Comparison

Alaska

Employer Costs, Take-Home Pay, and Tax Wedge for an    
Average Manufacturing Wage Worker in ALASKA    
     
     
  Annual  
  Amount Rank
     
     
Total Cost to Employer* $31,022 18
     
Take-Home Pay $23,072 1
Take-Home Pay, % of Employer Costs 74.4% 4
     
Tax Wedge* $7,951 38
Tax Wedge, % of Employer Costs 25.6% 41
     
Gross Earnings $27,200  
     
Taxes Withheld from Worker's Paycheck    
Social Security/Medicare Payroll Tax $2,081  
Federal Income Tax $2,048  
State Income Tax $0 ---
  -----------  
Total Taxes Withheld $4,128  
     
Hidden Taxes Paid by Employer on Worker's Behalf    
Social Security/Medicare Payroll Tax $2,081  
Workers' Compensation Contribution $1,153 31
State Unemployment Insurance Tax $532 2
Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax $56  
  -----------  
Total Employer-Paid Taxes $3,822  
     
Employer-Paid (hidden) Share of the Tax Wedge 48.1% 9
     
     
Source: Dean Stansel, "The Hidden Burden of Taxation: How the Government Reduces    
Take-Home Pay," Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 302, April 15, 1998.    

*Total cost to employer does not include the cost of fringe benefits (such as employer contributions to private health insurance plans and pensions) and tax and regulatory compliance. The tax wedge does not include the host of other taxes--property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, cigarette taxes, etc.--that workers must pay with their remaining take-home pay.

   


Last Updated on 4/9/98
By Mark LaRochelle