The U.S. has a progressive income tax system. Therefore, the rate of tax increases as taxable income increases. The purpose of imposing progressive taxes is to reduce the tax incidence of people with a lower ability to pay taxes, as these taxes shift increasingly to those with a higher ability-to-pay. Thus, the bulk of tax revenue is in high-income households.
Statistics just released by the IRS show that the top 1% of households received more than 20% of adjusted gross income in 2014 while paying almost 40% of income taxes. Less than 4% of income tax is paid by the bottom 50% of households. Federal tax rates in 2015 varied from 10% to 39.6%.
President Trump’s 2005 Tax Return – What It Tells Us
Yesterday, Tuesday March 14, 2017, while most of the New England area was buried in snow, MSNBC published President Trump’s 2005 income tax return – or at least the first two pages of it. What does the return tell us and what does it not?
The Basics – We know he had a positive income in the amount of $152,737,866 and $103,201,242 in tax write-offs. He paid a total of $38,435,451 in taxes for the year.
Donald Trump certainly has a few tax issues looming over him as he takes over the Oval Office. Alec Baldwin, known for his impersonation of Trump during the months leading up to the election, coincidentally also has an issue regarding the payment of taxes, specifically tax evasion.
In 2010, Baldwin purchased the Bleckner painting “Sea and Mirror” for $190,000. In September of 2016, Baldwin sued New York City art dealer Mary Boone alleging that Boone delivered a similar Bleckner work, but not “Sea and Mirror.” Baldwin alleges in his complaint that Boone promised to obtain the painting from an unnamed collector, but instead delivered a different piece of artwork, also painted by Bleckner. Baldwin is seeking damages measured by the difference between the purchase price of the painting Boone sold him and the current value of the original “Sea and Mirror.”
In September 2015, French President Francois Hollande promised households a 1 billion-euro ($1.1 billion) tax cut next year. Why such benevolence? Hollande’s government was attempting to make up for the glut of gross domestic product (GDP) that was taken by his government in taxes in 2014.
Finance Minister Michel Sapin said “we’re doing it because it’s both fair and necessary.” Both France and Belgium collected the equivalent of 47.9 percent of gross domestic product in 2014. France’s finance ministry estimated that taxation and social charges have fallen from 44.9 percent of GDP in 2014 to 44.5 percent this year.