Much of the growth in business income since 1980 has come from pass-through businesses. Pass-throughs now earn over 60 percent of all net business income. In 2011, pass-throughs earned $1.3 trillion in business income...
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High Income Taxpayers Earn the Majority of All Pass-Through Business Income
It is often said that raising top tax rates will have little effect on business activity because only 2 percent of taxpayers with business income will be impacted. However, the more economically meaningful statistic is how much overall business income will be taxed at the highest rates. In 2011, the vast majority (70 percent) of pass-through business income was reported by taxpayers earning more than $200,000. Millionaire tax returns earned 34 percent of all private business income while taxpayers with incomes below $100,000 earned just 14 percent.
For more charts like the one below, see the second edition of our chart book, Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns.
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