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Don’t forget your state taxes!

By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Posted: 4 pm ET

Americans must get their federal income tax return, or an extension to file, to the Internal Revenue Service by Tuesday, April 17.

But it's also the deadline for most taxpayers who also owe taxes to their state tax collectors. Of the 43 states that impose some sort of income tax – it's usually on wages, but New Hampshire and Tennessee exempt wage income and tax instead some portion of investment earnings – 38 states and the District of Columbia follow the federal tax due date.

That means filers in those states must get their state (and in some cases, local) tax returns completed by April 17, too.

State taxpayers apparently are doing a good job of meeting their filing obligations.

Overall state government tax collections increased $62.1 billion, totaling $763.7 billion in fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The largest increase was from individual income taxes, where state tax revenue last fiscal year was at $259.1 billion, up 9.8 percent. Corporate net income tax revenue was a close second, percentage increase wise, accounting for $40.2 billion for a 9.4 percent increase.

General sales tax revenue brought in $240.9 billion, an increase of 8.2 percent.

"The nationwide increases in state government tax revenue are an indication of the stabilization of revenues for state governments," said Lisa Blumerman, chief of the Census Bureau's Governments Division, in a statement in conjunction with the release of the data in the agency's 2011 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections. "These data help us understand the condition of our state governments and their fiscal ability to continue to provide public services."

All 50 states saw an increase in total tax revenue in fiscal year 2011.

North Dakota led the increase in total tax revenue, followed by Alaska, California and Illinois.

States with the largest percent increase in revenue from individual income taxes were North Dakota, Illinois, Arizona and Indiana.

Later filing dates: OK, I know it's driving you crazy, so here are the states that don't use the IRS filing deadline.

Hawaii tax returns are due April 20. Delaware and Iowa residents must file by April 30. Virginia taxes are due May 1. Louisiana taxpayers get until May 15 to file their returns.

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