Is the U.S. tax system more progressive than those of most other rich countries?

Yes. As best we can tell, America’s tax system is slightly progressive and the tax systems of most other affluent nations are slightly regressive. Details from Peter Whiteford, Lucy Barnes, me, and more from me.

4 thoughts on “Is the U.S. tax system more progressive than those of most other rich countries?

  1. yeah, but those most other rich countries provide their citizens with services worth the taxes they pay. What do we get other than huge transfers of wealth to the upper brackets ?

  2. “huge transfers of wealth to the upper brackets” – pointing at a system where the vast majority of Federal income tax is from the “upper brackets” and there is no national sales tax. Yet the left still talk about “huge transfers of wealth to the upper brackets” in a comment thread directly under an paper proving that is not so. The minds of the left appear to be unreachable by evidence and rational argument .

    As for the claim that various European governments provide people with “services worth the taxes they pay” – that is just a free floating statement – unsupported by evidence or argument. If this form of thinking is common in New York State no wonder the State is in such a mess.

  3. “Slightly Progressive”???? The well off in the United States pay the vast majority of income tax, and “big business” pays the vast majority of corporation tax – there is no national sales tax in the United States. “The rest of the world” is too vague for me to deal with – name an individual country and I will try and to examine it. But the Federal taxation system in the United States is wildly, insanely, “Progressive” – and Americans are taught the exact opposite. The media (including endless Hollywood films) pretends that most of “the rich” pay no income tax and that the money comes from the poor – the exact opposite of the truth. And it is not just the media – at a time when American companies are being crucified by savage corporate taxation, the schools and universities teach that “big business” is not paying its “fair share”. Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:17:41 +0000 To: paulvmarks@hotmail.com

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