College Student Creates Nationwide Comparative Tax Database

Homeowners can compare their property tax bills to the rest of the state and nation

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Weber calculates the average Hoosier pays a net property tax rate of 85 cents for every $100 of assessed value.

Homeowners can compare their property tax bills to the rest of the state and nation courtesy of a Pennsylvania college student.

Jonathan Weber was a freshman at East Stroudsburg University when he became frustrated by the difficulty of comparing his tax bill to other locations.

He looked up the information and posted it at www.tax-rates.org. As the site gains popularity, he has expanded it to cover other taxes and all 50 states.

Weber calculates the average Hoosier pays a net property tax rate of 85 cents for every $100 of assessed value. That‘s almost exactly in the middle of the pack nationally, but because housing costs are lower, the median yearly bill of $1,041 is the 11th-lowest in the nation.

State tax officials say they cannot confirm Weber‘s numbers, but Weber says CPA‘s and tax lawyers double-check his figures. He has also had people tell him the tax calculator he added to the site predicted their income tax bill nearly to the dollar.

Marion County’s typical bill, according to Weber, is $1,408, the ninth-highest in the state. Hamilton County tops the charts at $2,274. Lake County has the second-highest bills, but by far the highest tax rate at 1.37 percent.

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