South Carolina is somewhat unusual in that it does not provide a sales tax exemption for sales to its own state government agencies. Refine Results. Search by a. Tax dollars state by state NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -- Residents in which states pay the most in taxes? South Carolina, 23.08, 29, 33.65, 35, 95.82, 41. Whether you need to pick up more back to school supplies, clothes, or some new bedding or towels, you could score some deals and avoid paying.