US-taxes 1979-2005

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US-taxes 1979-2005

US-taxes 1979-2005

Here’s a chart of the shares of TOTAL federal tax burden (not just income taxes) from 1979 – 2005. It would be tempting to look at the direction of the changes and conclude that the rich were paying an unfair amount more as the years go by, but when you look at the corresponding shares of income, they’re actually earning more, and their rates are going down, while the lower quintiles pay a higher percentage of their shrinking income.

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