Monday, December 6, 2010

Chart of the day: U.S. taxes

Chart of the day: U.S. taxes | Analysis & Opinion |:


Federal taxes are the lowest in 60 years, which gives you a pretty good idea of why America’s long-term debt ratios are a big problem. If the taxes reverted to somewhere near their historical mean, the problem would be solved at a stroke.

1 comment:

  1. The third bullet in the original post is interesting: "Employment taxes, by contrast—the regressive bit of the fiscal structure—are bearing a large and increasing share of the brunt. Any time that somebody starts complaining about how the poor don’t pay income tax, point them to this chart. Income taxes are just one part of the pie, and everybody with a job pays employment taxes." Then again, employment taxes (at least theoretically) go directly back to the taxpayer.

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