One Chart Shows Obama Is Right About “Buffett Rule”

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One Chart Shows Obama Is Right About “Buffett Rule”

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One chart by our colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) that uses data from the Tax Policy Center (TPC), is all President Obama needs to show why he's right in proposing to raise federal taxes on the wealthiest Americans (the so-called “Buffett Rule” ).

One Chart Shows Obama Is Right About “Buffett Rule”

One chart by our colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) that uses data from the Tax Policy Center (TPC), is all President Obama needs to show why he’s right in proposing to raise federal taxes on the wealthiest Americans (the so-called “Buffett Rule” ).

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As CBPP notes, the chart shows that a significant group of very wealthy people pay a smaller share of their incomes in federal income and payroll taxes than a large swath of the middle class. How can this chart be so? It is simple: the federal capital gains and dividends tax rates are low compared to the income tax on work paid by the middle class, and wealthy people pay payroll taxes at a much lower rate than middle-class Americans.

Read The Case for the Buffet Rule in One Chart (a short blog post) and study the chart and come back here to discuss.

 


This post was originally published on www.blueoregon.com on September 21, 2011. The original post can be found at http://www.blueoregon.com/2011/09/one-chart-shows-obama-right-about-buffet-rule/.

 

Charles Sheketoff

Charles Sheketoff

Chuck Sheketoff is a founder of the Oregon Center for Public Policy and former Executive Director. Incorporated in 1995, the Center was launched with Chuck as its first executive director after Chuck received the "public interest pioneer award" from the Stern Family Fund in September, 1997. Prior to starting the Center, Chuck lobbied the Oregon legislature on tax policies and on human services programs' policies and budgets on behalf of legal aid clients (1992 to 1996) and the low-income clients of the Oregon Law Center (1997).

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