While tax day is April 15, West Virginians might want to keep a second date in mind: April 20.
According to the Tax Foundation, a national nonpartisan think tank, April 20 is the state's Tax Freedom Day — the day state residents finally have made enough money to pay their taxes for the year.
The Tax Foundation calculates the date every year for liabilities at both the national and state levels. The calculation includes income and payroll taxes, as well as the many other kinds of taxes residents may face.
For 2013, West Virginia's April 20 Tax Freedom Day is the 11th latest among states.
Mississippi and Louisiana residents bear the lowest tax burdens, according to the study, with their Tax Freedom Days both falling on March 29.
Connecticut residents will be the last to celebrate on May 13.
According to the foundation, the West Virginia's top personal income tax rate of 6.5 percent is the 19th highest among states that levy individual income taxes. The 7 percent corporate rate is the 24th highest among states that impose that tax.
The foundation said West Virginia's state and local governments collect an average $625 per person in general sales taxes and $686 per person in excise taxes on specific products such as gas, beer and cigarettes. The combined total of $1,311 ranks the state 23rd lowest nationally.
The state's 34.7-cent gas tax is 11th highest nationally, while our 55-cent cigarette tax is eighth lowest nationally.
Property taxes are a bright spot. West Virginia ranks seventh lowest in the nation. The foundation said state and local governments are set to collect about $745 per person in property taxes this year.