Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Citizens for Tax Justice, Who Pays Taxes in America in 2013?:
It is sometimes claimed that many low- and middle-income Americans don’t
pay taxes while the richest Americans pay a hugely disproportionate
share of taxes, especially after enactment of the “fiscal cliff” deal
that allowed some taxes to go up.
As the table ... illustrates, America’s tax system is just barely progressive even after
the fiscal cliff deal’s effects. Claims that the rich pay a
disproportionate share of taxes often focus only on the federal personal
income tax and ignore the other taxes that people pay, like federal
payroll taxes, federal excise taxes, and state and local taxes. Many of
these other taxes are regressive, meaning they take a larger share of
income from poor and middle-income families than they take from the
The table shows the share of total taxes (all federal, state and local taxes) that will be paid by Americans in different income.