Tax Foundation Data on Business Taxes

May 15, 2012

This graph says it all: Over the past 28 years, as business tax rates in other OECD countries have fallen, the U.S. rate has risen.

Federal Plus Provincial/State Corporate Tax Rates for OECD Countries, 2008-2009

You’ll be surprised to see just how many U.S. states have higher combined (federal rate plus state rate) business taxes than any other OECD country.

How much does the average resident of your congressional district pay in business taxes? To find out, type the last name of your representative into the search box at the top of this chart and hit ENTER. Or open the Excel or PDF file (attachments are at the bottom of the page) and search for your representative.

How much does the average resident of your metropolitan area pay in business taxes? To find out, type the name of your city or metropolitan area into the search box at the top of this chart and hit ENTER. (Only Metropolitan Statistical Areas, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, are included in this chart.) Or open the Excel file (attachments are at the bottom of the page) and sort the chart by state to see all the metropolitan statistical areas in your state.

This chart shows the U.S. federal business tax rate compared to other countries’ national rates.

Find out how much your state taxes business.

The very first federal corporate income tax had a rate of only 1 percent. This chart tracks the history of the rate over nearly a century.

Which states are best for business? The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ranks the states on various factors that affect their business-friendliness, including the corporate income tax. The full publication is available here, and this chart shows the rankings for all states for the past five years.

Across the income spectrum, households pay corporate taxes even if they don’t realize it. This chart shows what percentage of each household’s total tax burden is paid in federal business taxes.

This chart shows how much the average high-income household, middle-income household and r low-income household pays in business taxes as a dollar amount compared to other types of tax.


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