The Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts in 2011

December 23, 2011

Often, blogs can be among the more evanescent of publishing formats, with a given day’s posts quickly slipping into an archived but rarely visited database. At the Tax Foundation, however, we strive to include news and analysis that has a chance of a longer shelf life while still remaining timely.

That goal is amply demonstrated in this year’s list of most read blog posts in 2011. Not only did we receive a very welcome volume of traffic for our new posts, but some of our classic posts made it into the top honors as well.

10. “Monday Map: State Credit Ratings” by Nick Kasprak (8/15/11)

9. “It’s Not Math, It’s Data” by Scott Hodge (9/21/11)

8. “Comparing Income Taxes under Bill Clinton and George Bush” by Gerald Prante and Alicia Hansen (2/19/08)

7. “Warren Buffett’s Proposed Tax Hikes Would Provide Insignificant Revenue” by David S. Logan (8/19/11)

6. “News To Obama: The OECD Says the United States Has the Most Progressive Tax System” by Scott Hodge (10/29/08)

5. “Immigrants and Taxes” by Gerald Prante (4/11/06)

4. “2011 Income Tax Withholding Tables” by Joseph Henchman (12/20/10)

3. “Tax Burden of Top 1% Now Exceeds That of Bottom 95%” by Scott Hodge (7/29/09)

2. “Would ‘ObamaCare’ (Health Care Reform) Tax the Sale of Your Home? Probably Not.” by Gerald Prante (9/24/10)

and the winner of the 2011 Tax Policy Blog competition is…

1. “No Country Leans on Upper-Income Households as Much as U.S.” by Scott Hodge (3/21/11).

During my recent testimony before the Senate Budget Committee (found here), I cited an OECD statistic that the U.S. has the most progressive income tax system among industrialized nations. This prompted one Senator to point out that if the richest 10% of taxpayers earn the most of any OECD country, shouldn’t it make sense that they bear the largest tax burden of any country?

The answer can be found in the OECD table below. This table shows the share of taxes paid by the richest 10 percent of households, the share of all market income earned by that group, and the ratio of what that 10 percent of households pays in taxes versus what they earn as a share of the nation’s income.

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