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

February 16, 2012

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.

3 Responses to “Is the U.S. tax system more progressive than those of most other rich countries?”

  1. Robert Waldmann Says:

    I thought so. I probably vaguely remember reading it here.

  2. In Hell's Kitchen (NYC) Says:

    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 ?

  3. Paul Marks Says:

    “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.


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