Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share
A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system.
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Married Americans continue to earn most of the nation’s income and pay the vast majority of income taxes.
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By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.
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Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.
The biggest U.S. tax breaks
The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.
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5 facts on how Americans view taxes
Benjamin Franklin popularized the sentiment that nothing is certain “except death and taxes.” But the public isn’t too keen on the current federal tax system, with 59% saying there is so much wrong that Congress should completely change it (38% say it works pretty well and needs only minor changes). As April 15 rolls around […]
Federal Tax System Seen in Need of Overhaul
Americans’ top complaint about the tax system is not the amount they pay in taxes, but the feeling that some corporations and wealthy people do not pay their fair share.