Taxes: Tax Percentage

The percentage of individual income taxes for internal revenue gross collections.
The percentage of individual income taxes for internal revenue gross collections.  

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Tax Freedom Day Earlier this Year
Published Friday, April 10th, 2009

Tax Freedom Day — the first day of the year in which the nation as a whole has theoretically earned a total income equal to its annual tax burden — will arrive on April 13 this year, which is eight days earlier than in 2008 and two weeks earlier than in 2007. The reason for this early occurance is that the recession has reduced tax collections even faster than it has reduced income, and the stimulus package includes large temporary tax cuts for 2009 and 2010. Despite the extra days to ourselves, Americans will pay more in taxes than they will spend on food, clothing and housing combined. To break it down, individual federal and state taxes will require 38 days work. Payroll taxes take another 27 days, sales and excise taxes take 15 days, corporate income taxes take 6 days, and property taxes take 12. Americans will log 4 more days to pay other miscellaneous taxes and 1 day for estate taxes.

The individual taxes have been by far the largest proportion of the gross federal and state tax collection since 1944, 50.8% as of 2007. Before the Bush tax cuts, the individual tax proportion has ranged from 55.3% in 2001 to its lowest in 2005 at 48.8%. Of the other components of the tax revenue, employment taxes came to 31.6%; excise, gift and estate taxes amounted to 3%. Corporate taxes amounted to 14.7% of the total, the highest it’s been since 1978.

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