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Unload Your Tax Burden at Sailfish Point

Posted on: August 19, 2021 | Read Time: 4 minutes

Much has been written over the past few years about the growing disparity in property and income taxes between Northeastern and Midwestern (high tax) states, and Southeastern and Southwestern (low tax) states.

Now more than ever, that discrepancy is under a microscope. With remote workers and satellite offices quickly becoming the norm, tens of thousands of Americans who were bound to certain cities and states due to office jobs have been freed of their geographic obligation.

And if Google Search trends are any indication (hint: they are), they’re home shopping online using a variety of keywords and phrases related to tax savings.

But relying on property and income tax data simplifies the equation to the point that comparisons between states become ineffective at best and irrelevant at worst.

For example …

Many states offer additional tax incentives, especially for retirees, and “homestead” exemptions for year-round residents.

On the flip side, some low tax states have obscure tariffs that aren’t accounted for by those looking to relocate, such as property taxes levied on vehicles.

Recently, financial website WalletHub developed a “Tax Burden” metric measuring the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward a range of state and local taxes.

To determine the residents with the biggest tax burdens, WalletHub compared the 50 states across property taxes, individual income taxes and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income in the state.

The Results: Florida and Sailfish Point are Winners

All 50 states were ranked from highest to lowest with “1” being the highest with respect to taxes. Florida came in at No. 46, trailing only Alaska, Wyoming, Tennessee and Delaware. With no state income tax, the Sunshine State tied for first in the individual income tax burden category.

States that are the leading sources of in-migration to Martin County, Fla. (generally) and to Sailfish Point (specifically) happen to have the highest tax burdens. For example, New York ranks No. 1, with a total tax burden of 12.28%, Connecticut sixth (9.99%) and New Jersey seventh (9.88%).

Coincidence? Correlation? More like causality.

Over the past few years, Sailfish Point has also seen an uptick in new residents from the Midwest. Little wonder: Minnesota has the fifth largest tax burden, and Illinois and Ohio are ninth and 12th, respectively.

Not to Pile on New York, But …

A New York couple filing jointly with $5 million in taxable income would save $394,931 in state income taxes by moving to Florida, according to BDO USA, an accounting firm that provides tax services and financial advice.

map of U.S NY to FL

Adding fuel to the fire, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local taxes (SALT), as well as mortgage interest deductions on federal tax returns. Factor in this, along with Florida’s overall cost of living, and the decision to flee these high tax states becomes even easier.

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Moreover, residents claiming Florida as their primary (or only) residence are eligible for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in property tax savings via the Homestead Exemption.

home with greenery in florida

Savings Equal Investment at Sailfish Point

New Sailfish Point residents are often pleasantly surprised by how much home they can afford in one of Southeast Florida’s most exclusive oceanfront luxury communities.

With proceeds from the sale of their former residence (or residences), buyers are often able to make additional lifestyle-oriented purchases, like golf carts for coasting around the community and boats for cruising the vast Intracoastal Waterway or fishing trips to the nearby Gulfstream teeming with game fish.

aerial image of the sailfish point marina

Golf at Sailfish Point’s nationally-ranked Jack Nicklaus Signature Course isn’t mandatory for residents, but golf lovers who save money by making the move south are often quick to invest in a full equity membership.

Especially considering the club just expanded its practice facility and that Nicklaus Design will completely renovate and update the course in 2021.

aerial image of the golf course and the water at sailfish point

Moving Here Made Easy

Ready to begin exploring your next chapter in South Florida’s premier oceanfront community, Sailfish Point? Visit our guides to Stuart and Hutchinson Island to learn more about the wonderful area surrounding our 532-acre island paradise.

For more information about Sailfish Point, or to arrange a tour of any of these listings and the entire community, Sailfish Point Realty is conveniently located just outside the community gates.

Simply call 772-225-6200 or click here to send a detailed message about your upcoming visit and we’ll customize a safe and enjoyable itinerary.

For those looking to extend their stay and explore the area, we partner with Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa for oceanfront accommodations.