Florida Tax Collections

State taxes are on the rise in Florida, and the state's tax burden is higher now than at any time in the past 18 years.

It's not that state lawmakers are raising your taxes, they've actually been cutting taxes in recent years.

But Harvey Bennett with Florida Taxwatch says the economy and real estate markets are booming, and that automatically brings more money into state coffers.

"What's driving it are increased tax collections and those in turn are being driven by increased consumer spending and higher property tax valuations and as a result our tax burden, our state tax burden per Floridian, is a lot greater than it was last year compared to counterparts in the rest of the nation."

Florida is now ranked 35th when it comes to the state tax burden. That's five spots higher than last year.