Tag: ‘marginal tax rate’

Marginal Tax Rates Matter More than Average Tax Rates

By :: October 9th, 2012

Each year when I complete my federal income tax return, Turbotax tells me my average tax rate—how much tax I owe measured as a percentage of my total income. But it would be better if I learned my marginal tax rate or MTR—the percentage tax that I would pay on an additional dollar of income. […]

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Reduce Tax Rates on Low-Income Families by Extending Tax Phase-Outs

By :: June 29th, 2012

An ominous announcement for a House Ways & Means Committee joint hearing on “how welfare and tax benefits can discourage work” seemed a set-up to attack programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) for their apparent disincentive to work. But that’s not what happened.  Rather than eliminate or downsize […]

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Was Buffett Right? Do Workers Pay More Tax than Their Bosses?

By :: August 23rd, 2011

When Warren Buffett called for higher taxes on the wealthy in a New York Times op-ed last week, the billionaire investor argued that he and wealthy people like him face lower federal rates than the rest of us. Low rates on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends and limited exposure to payroll taxes mean low […]

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