Jeremy Sands

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The Real US Tax Burden

The following is a fairly comprehensive paper on the total tax burden to the average US taxpayer. This includes federal, state, local, and excise taxes. This is as a whole a very conservative estimate, as people on the lowest end of the spectrum skew the average down with low taxation and receipt of financial aid. People on the highest end of the spectrum also skew the average down, as they have many more methods available for seeking tax havens, such as stock and foreign investment. Other tax burdens such as inflation are also estimated in a conservative fashion due to CPI’s limited scope. So this is, in effect, a best case scenario for taxation. Bare that in mind when the numbers and figures start to hit you.

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