Income tax on working-poor: $151/yr.
Lowest taxable income: $22,400 (97 percent of poverty line)
Poverty rate: 17.6 percent (6th highest)
Median household income: $38,218 (2nd lowest)
West Virginia is among the country’s poorest states. It has both the second-lowest median household income in the nation and the sixth-highest poverty rate. Despite this, the state’s tax code does not help poor families. A family of four living at the poverty line must pay $151 in income tax. West Virginia also taxes families of four making 125 percent of the federal poverty line at least $730 per year — among the largest amounts in the country.
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