Tuesday, September 20

The Progressivity of the Tax System

The Progressivity of the Tax System: With all the rhetoric floating around regarding the "Buffett rule," it might be worth trying extra hard to keep an eye on the facts.  Here is the progressivity of the current tax system, according to the Tax Policy Center.  If you can remember only one fact, make it this one: The middle class (middle quintile) pays 14.1 percent of its income in federal taxes, while the rich (top tenth of one percent of the population) pay 30.4 percent.


Lao Tzu said...

How did Buffett end up paying only 16% then? Carried interest?

pkd said...

Ever heard of averages? Anyway, if Buffet really believes he doesn't pay enough, he can certainly send Uncle Sam a check.