Where Will Federal Tax Revenue Come from in 2014?

When politicians talk about overhauling the nation’s tax code, they are typically only talking about reforming the corporate and individual income tax systems. Combined, these two sources comprise about 58 percent of all federal revenue in any given year. But it should be noted that the category of “individual income taxes” is comprised not only of collections from wages and salaries, but also includes revenues collected from taxes on other sources such as savings, capital gains, dividends, rents, and business income (including sole proprietors, S corporations, LLCs, and partnerships).

Social insurance taxes are dedicated to funding Social Security and Medicare programs and are generally considered outside the scope of most tax reform proposals.

For more charts like the one below, see the second edition of our chart book, Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns.


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