Tax Foundation’s Most Read Articles of 2015

December 30, 2015

2015 was a record year for the Tax Foundation. Our research was viewed over 8.5 million times online and cited over 21,000 times. As we look forward to building on our successes next year, here’s a look back at some of our most popular content of 2015.

Comparing the 2016 Presidential Tax Reform Proposals

Tax policy has proven to be one of the major issues of the 2016 presidential campaign. From the start, our research and analysis has been at the center of the debate, informing candidates, the media, and taxpayers. This year, two of our most popular resources were our 2016 Presidential Tax Tracker and our PDF comparison of the economic effects of each comprehensive tax proposal.

The Real Value of $100

For the last two years, we’ve published two maps that show the real value of $100 in each state and each metropolitan area, putting in perspective a person’s buying power across the country. In that short time, they’ve become two of our most popular recurring blog posts ever.

2016 State Business Tax Climate Index

Our State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. While there are many ways to show how much is collected in taxes by state governments, the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems, and provides a roadmap for improvement.

State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2015

State individual income taxes are always one of our most popular topics. They are a major source of state government revenue, accounting for 35 percent of state tax collections, and individuals are directly responsible for paying them, making them more visible than many other taxes.

Tax Freedom Day® 2015

Tax Freedom Day is one of the oldest signature studies of the Tax Foundation and is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay for the nation’s tax burden. Tax Freedom Day 2015 fell on April 24, or 114 days into the year.

How High Are Property Taxes in Your State?

State property taxes is a topic that resonates with many taxpayers, but is often difficult to conceptualize due to a complex collections system. Every year, we publish a map that cuts through the clutter and presents a comparison of effective tax rates on owner-occupied housing across the states.

Facts & Figures 2015: How Does Your State Compare?

The Tax Foundation has been publishing Facts & Figures since 1941, making it one of our most recognizable products, and most popular. Every year more and more people turn to Facts & Figures for concise and accurate tax data.

Does Your State Have an Estate or Inheritance Tax?

Reform and repeal of estate and inheritance taxes have been very frequent in the last several years, making our map of estate and inheritance taxes across the country particularly timely.

State and Local Sales Tax Rates in 2015

Sales taxes is another topic that always garners a lot of attention. Our bi-annual study of state and local sales tax rates helps taxpayers, the media, and lawmakers compare rates across the country, emphasizing the role of competition in setting rates.

How High Are Beer Taxes in Your State?

As the Beer Institute points out, “taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than labor and raw materials combined.” Our annual map comparing state beer excise tax rates across the country is always the source of significant attention (and sometimes upset).


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