Congratulations, Connecticut residents. You're No. 1.

Unfortunately, it's a distinction most of us don't want. In this case, it means we have to work longer than the residents of any other state, until May 5, to reach Tax Freedom Day.

Tax Freedom Day varies from state to state because the tax burden in each state varies. It's the day when the average American has, theoretically, earned enough to cover his or her tax burden for the entire year.

According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan educational organization with business links, Connecticut residents have to work the longest -- 125 days -- to cover all taxes at the federal, state and local levels.

Connecticut's Tax Freedom Day comes May 5 after New Jersey, New York, Washington, Maryland and Wyoming. Tennessee's Tax Freedom Day was the earliest, on March 31. Other early, lower-taxed states include Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and South Dakota.

For most Americans, Tax Freedom Day had been reached by Tuesday -- 18 days before Connecticut's. The Tax Foundation calculates that Americans pay a combined 29.2 percent of their income for all federal, state and local tax bills, including sales and property levies.

Tax Freedom Day for states across the country could come later next year if the $500 billion tax increase scheduled to begin Jan. 1 is passed. This would be a result of expiring tax provisions at the end of this year, including the tax cuts under former President George W. Bush, the payroll-tax holiday and others.

If that happens, Connecticut may no longer be the only state with its Tax Freedom Day in May.