Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Tax Revenues Fall 18%, Biggest Drop Since Depression
From the Associated Press:
Tax receipts are on pace to drop 18% this year, the biggest single-year decline since the Great Depression, while the federal deficit balloons to a record $1.8 trillion. Other figures in an Associated Press analysis underscore the recession's impact:
- Individual income tax receipts are down 22% from a year ago.
- Corporate income taxes are down 57%.
- Social Security tax receipts could drop for only the second time since 1940
- Medicare taxes are on pace to drop for only the third time ever.
See the dramatic graph here.
I don't understand this. We demonize our economy's producers, demanding that they pay more and more taxes (when the top 1% of earners already pay 40% of tax revenue)... and they thank us by finding ways to pay fewer taxes?
That doesn't make sense. Oh, wait...
Posted by: Daniel in Brookline | Aug 4, 2009 6:34:50 AM