Because of the remarkable growth of pass-through businessA pass-through business is a sole proprietorship, partnership, or S corporation that is not subject to the corporate income tax; instead, this business reports its income on the individual income tax returns of the owners and is taxed at individual income tax rates. es over the past two decades, there is now more net business income reported on individual income taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. returns than on traditional C corporation returns. The U.S. Treasury has estimated that as much as 40 percent of all business taxes are now paid on individual tax returns rather than on corporate tax returns. It is interesting to note that passthrough business income tends to be far more stable than traditional corporate income. Since the peak of the last business cycle in 2006, non-corporate income has fallen by just 8 percent, while corporate income has fallen off by 26 percent.
For more charts like the one below, see the second edition of our chart book, Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns.Share