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    Response to Matt Yglesias: Heritage Tax Chart Isn’t Misleading

    Matt Yglesias, now with Vox, finds this chart of ours misleading: He admits that the data is correct and that what it shows—that the federal income tax is highly progressive—is also correct. So what’s the problem? Our chart looks exclusively at federal income taxes in the context of the current … More

    2014 Tax Day Chart: Who Pays the Most?

    Which taxpayers experience the greatest tax burden—and who pays the most in taxes? As Americans navigated the labyrinthine tax code this Tax Day, many taxpayers were hit with the President’s myriad tax increases that have contributed to the country’s quickly recovering revenues. Despite calls for more taxes on the rich, … More

    The Right Kind of Federalism

    Regular elections are a critical feature of American democracy. If you don’t like the way your town, state, or federal government is headed, you know you’ll have a chance to change leadership at the ballot box. Of course, if your state is slowing you up with high tax rates and … More

    Obama’s Amnesty Speech Falsehoods: Bogus Promises and Empty Rhetoric

    On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech in the East Room of the White House praising the efforts of the Senate in passing the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill. Surrounded by illegal immigrants and union leaders, among others, he told the audience, “If you genuinely believe we need to … More

    Scholars Agree: High Tax Rates Do Harm Growth

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) stirred controversy last year when it released a study claiming that tax rates do not influence economic growth. Predictably, those who favor higher taxes used the flimsy report to bolster their backward argument that raising tax rates, as Congress and President Obama did with the … More

    Index of Dependence on Government Jumps for the Fourth Year in a Row

    The leak of a video featuring former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) has sparked debate about government dependency and the number of people in the United States who do not pay federal income tax. The Heritage Foundation has published the Index of Dependence on Government for the past 10 years, and … More

    Government Will Take Almost Half Your Paycheck in 2013

    How high is the marginal tax rate on each additional dollar the average American earns? In other words, if you got a raise of one dollar, how much of that dollar would be taxed away? These rates are already high, and they’re getting higher next year. A middle-class taxpayer’s income … More

    Chart of the Week: Nearly Half of All Americans Don't Pay Income Taxes

    This year’s Index of Dependence on Government presented startling findings about the sharp increase of Americans who rely on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance. (See last week’s chart.) Another eye-popping number was the percentage of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, which now … More

    The Futility of Tax Hikes in Pictures

    In light of the impending Obama Tax Hikes, Mercatus Center senior research fellow Veronique de Rugy created the chart to the right illustrating Hauser’s Law which Standford University professor Kurt Hauser recapped in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal: Over the past six decades, tax revenues as a percentage of GDP … More

    Washington Voters Win in Battle of the Billionaires

    The political math was simple and should have been fool-proof: Proponents of a high-earner income tax in the state of Washington needed only a majority of voters to approve a tax on a tiny minority of their peers. After all, Initiative 1098, which would have imposed a 5 percent tax … More