Putting a Face on America’s Tax Returns

What is often missing from the federal tax debate is a real sense of who America’s taxpayers are and how different policies impact their lives. Our Putting a Face on America’s Tax Returns series aims to address that.

How do today’s taxpayers compare to yesterday’s and what shifts should we be aware of? Who really bears the burden of federal taxes? Who benefits from credits and deductions and by how much? How progressive is our current tax system and what role do taxes play in the debate over income inequality?

The posts below are designed to provide taxpayers and legislators with the facts and data necessary to better understand federal tax policy and have an open and productive debate.


Featured Research

Increasing Individual Income Tax Rates Would Impact a Majority of U.S. Businesses

March 19, 2019

A Growing Percentage of Americans Have Zero Income Tax Liability

March 14, 2019

How Do Transfers and Progressive Taxes Affect the Distribution of Income?

March 12, 2019

Income Taxes on the Top 0.1 Percent Weren’t Much Higher in the 1950s

January 31, 2019

America Already Has a Progressive Tax System

January 11, 2019


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Increasing Individual Income Tax Rates Would Impact a Majority of U.S. Businesses

March 19, 2019

A Growing Percentage of Americans Have Zero Income Tax Liability

March 14, 2019

How Do Transfers and Progressive Taxes Affect the Distribution of Income?

March 12, 2019

Who Benefits from Itemized Deductions?

March 7, 2019

The Top 1 Percent’s Tax Rates Over Time

March 5, 2019

The Composition of Federal Revenue Has Changed Over Time

February 28, 2019

Income Taxes on the Top 0.1 Percent Weren’t Much Higher in the 1950s

January 31, 2019

America Already Has a Progressive Tax System

January 11, 2019

The U.S. Economy Is Recovering Too Slowly From the Last Recession

November 13, 2014

Share of U.S. Corporate Income and Taxes by Size

February 18, 2014

The U.S. Has Stood Still While Other Nations Have Cut Their Corporate Tax Rate

January 28, 2014

The U.S. Has the Highest Corporate Income Tax Rate in the OECD

January 27, 2014

Individual’s Report More Business Income than Corporations

January 14, 2014

The U.S. Has More Individually Owned Businesses than Corporations

January 13, 2014

Millionaire Status is Fleeting

January 10, 2014

Millionaire Taxpayers Tend to be Older

January 9, 2014

The Number of Millionaire Tax Returns Fluctuates Every Year

January 8, 2014