Under Trump the Rich Pay More Taxes—a Lot More!

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

If you think a fair tax code should make the rich pay more, then you should have no problem with the Republicans.

Over and over again we hear that reducing taxes on the rich is inherently unfair. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats castigated Donald Trump for allegedly wanting to do such a thing. It is the standard attack by Democrats on Republicans.

So Trump and the Republicans got their tax reform. Do the rich live tax-free now?

Not at all! The rich continue to provide the government with the vast majority of income tax revenue. With the Trump tax reform, the top fifth of Americans pay significantly more than four fifths of all income tax revenue!

Isn’t that “fair” enough for you?

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Top 20% of Americans Will Pay 87% of Income Tax.

One of the least discussed parts of America’s income tax is how progressive it is, and the tax overhaul didn’t change that fact. In 2018, top earners will pay a higher share of income taxes.

The individual income tax matters—a lot—because it is the largest single source of U.S. revenue. And its share has risen in recent years. For 2018, it could raise 50% of total federal revenue, according to estimates from Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, up from about 48% last year.

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They [the Tax Policy Center] divided about 175 million American households into five income tiers of roughly 65 million people each. The income includes earnings from wages and investments plus untaxed amounts, such as from health coverage. […]

The results show how steeply progressive the U.S. income tax remains. For 2018, households in the top 20% will have income of about $150,000 or more and 52% of total income, about the same as in 2017. But they will pay about 87% of income taxes, up from about 84% last year.

By contrast, the lower 60% of households, who have income up to about $86,000, receive about 27% of income. As a group, this tier will pay no net federal income tax in 2018 vs. 2% of it last year.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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