A new paper on wealth inequality from economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman – who have written frequently on the subject – was released earlier this month. This paper is far better than previous attempts to measure...
- Visualizing America’s Tax Returns
Visualizing America’s Tax Returns
Putting a Face on Who Earns What and Who Pays What
Washington, D.C., April 11, 2013—With the deadline for filing federal tax returns swiftly approaching, millions of Americans are focused on how much they pay in taxes. The release of President Obama’s 2014 budget and its proposed tax increases has also left many Americans questioning how the current tax burden is split between the poor, the middle class, and the rich.
The Tax Foundation’s chart book “Putting a Face on America’s Tax Returns” captures the facts behind the ever-changing demographics of America’s taxpayers and corrects many misleading assumptions about who pays what when it comes to federal taxes in the United States.
From income inequality to effective tax rates to the demographics of high-earning households, the 29 charts in “Putting a Face” give readers and researchers the data they need to understand where the money that’s paying for government services is coming from. It also identifies long-term trends that could dramatically impact the nation’s fiscal future.
The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan research organization that has monitored fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937. To schedule an interview, please contact Richard Morrison, the Tax Foundation’s Manager of Communications, at 202-464-5102 or email@example.com.
In his bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty recommends a wealth tax as a remedy to inequality. The basic version of Piketty’s wealth tax would impose a tax rate of 1...
- The United States is not the only country to experience the phenomenon of corporate tax inversions.
- Despite cutting the corporate tax rate from 52 percent in 1980 to...
Join the Tax Foundation's fight for sound tax policy Go
Tax Policy Blog
The official weblog of the Tax Foundation.
Tax By State
For information on your state, select it from the drop-down menu.
Ask a Tax Expert
Contact information for Tax Foundation policy staff Ask