Today may be tax day – the deadline to file federal tax returns, but it won't be until Wednesday, April 17 that most Pennsylvanians will have worked enough to pay off this year's tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.
That's one day earlier than the national date for all Americans, which the foundation has said is April 18.
"This year, Americans will pay $2.764 trillion in federal taxes and $1.459 trillion in state-local taxes out of $14.366 trillion in income, for a 29.4 percent tax bill," said economist Will McBride. "That means taxpayers will pay more in taxes in 2013 than they will spend on food, clothing and housing combined."
The foundation said that, historically, the date for Tax Freedom Day has fluctuated significantly. The latest date was May 1 in 2000.
A century earlier, in 1900, Americans paid only 5.9 percent of their income in taxes – making Tax Freedom Day Jan. 22.