A Visual Guide to Business, Taxes, and the Economy

November 11, 2014

Americans often look at businesses impersonally. We think of them as lifeless entities that earn profits and don’t do much else. When we think of businesses this way, it becomes very easy to think that business taxes are somehow different than other taxes.

But the reality is that businesses are simply groups of people; they are workers, consumers, and shareholders. This means that when we tax businesses, we actually tax people; workers through lower wages, consumers through higher prices, and shareholders through lower returns.

Our new chart book provides you with a visual guide to business taxes in America. It discusses the vast array of business types and sizes, the sectors of the economy they serve, and the effects of taxes on U.S. businesses and the people who build, create, and maintain them.


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