Marimekko chart of total US state tax revenue sources by category (sales, income and other) and by type within category.

Total US State Tax Revenue

Sales and income taxes account for almost 9 out of every 10 of the over $1T in state tax raised, as shown in this Marimekko chart. General sales taxes make up $317B or 31% of the total taxes paid to states. Specialized taxes, including motor fuel, insurance premium and tobacco taxes make up the another 16% of taxes raised. Individual income taxes account for $392B or 38% and corporate taxes add another $48B or 5% of the total $1.03T in taxes collected. Other tax sources include motor vehicle taxes ($28B and 3%) and property taxes ($20B and 2%). The state tax data are for 2018 and were compiled by the US Census.

Total US State Tax Revenue in a Marimekko Chart

Marimekko chart of total US state tax revenue sources by category (sales, income and other) and by type within category.

How I Made this Marimekko Chart with Other Series

Here is the state tax data I used to create the Marimekko chart:

Marimekko chart of total US state tax revenue sources by category (sales, income and other) and by type within category.

Here's how I made the Marimekko chart:

  • add a category column to the state tax data downloaded into Excel from the Census website
  • remove the summary data rows so that each row is a unique lowest level tax item
  • create a PivotTable based on the data with category as the columns and tax items as the rows
  • create a Mekko Graphics chart in PowerPoint based on the selected PivotTable data in Excel
  • show segment and bar total percentages in chart
  • use Data Scale feature in Format Chart Values tab to divide state tax data by 10^6 power, converting from thousands to billions
  • in the same tab, show segment percentages as percentages of grand total and not bar totals
  • add an Other Taxes column to the data and do not include the columns on the chart that are included in Other Taxes
  • create an Other series in the Format Bars and Series dialog and include all state tax items with values of less than $20B in other
  • adjust internal chart margins, hide axis lines and adjust segment colors

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