CBO's Analysis of the Distribution of Taxes

In an appearance on C-SPAN, CRFB president Maya MacGuineas referenced a CBO analysis, which shows that high earners do not pay a particularly high percent of their income in taxes but do pay a large share of taxes. She is referencing a November 2014 CBO report on the distribution of income and taxes in 2011, which showed that the top 1 percent had an average effective tax rate of 29 percent (down from 35 percent in 1979) and that group paid 24 percent of all taxes.

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Five Takeaways from the President's Final Budget

President Obama released the final budget of his presidency. In the coming hours, days, and weeks, CRFB will be publishing analysis of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget. On our blog, we start with five quick takeaways. Click here to read the full paper.

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Analysis of CBO’s January 2016 Budget and Economic Outlook

After falling to a post-recession low of $439 billion in 2015, CBO projects deficits will rise every year in the future, with trillion-dollar deficits returning by 2022. As a result, debt will rise further above today’s record-high levels, remaining on an unsustainable long-term course.

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Fiscal FactCheck Releases Infographic on Candidates' Tax Plans

CRFB’s new Fiscal FactCheck project released an infographic comparing the costs of several GOP presidential candidates’ tax plans. So far, the Tax Foundation has scored plans many candidates, including from Bush, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, and Trump. Although these plans offer a number of thoughtful improvements to the tax code, they would also add trillions to the deficit.

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CRFB's Blog: The Bottom Line

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has put forward five major sets of initiatives on his campaign’s website. As part of our FiscalFactCheck project, we've done a very rough estimate of what these proposals would cost.

 

See the full analysis on our Fiscal FactCheck page

With the release of the President's FY 2017 budget, it is common for reporters and observers to say that the budget is dead on arrival on Capitol Hill or ultimately won't matter. The sentiment is understandable considering that Republicans control Congress, and there is little prospect for major legislation this year, but it misses the mark a bit. There are a few different ways that the President's budget can still be relevant even if they are less high-profile than Congress agreeing to pass major parts of the President's agenda.

In an appearance on C-SPAN this morning, CRFB president Maya MacGuineas referenced a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that shows that high earners do not pay a particularly high percent of their income in taxes but do pay a large share of taxes. She is referencing a November 2014 CBO report on the distribution of income and taxes in 2011, which showed that the top 1 percent had an average effective tax rate of 29 percent (down from 35 percent in 1979) and that group paid 24 percent of all taxes. We previously wrote a blog on the report that analyzes key data on income, taxes, and government transfers. The blog is re-posted below.

The final budget of the Obama Presidency continues a mix of long-standing policies (including a few that have been in all eight budgets) and policies that are finding their way into the budget for the first time. With regards to new policies, some were previewed during the State of the Union address last month, while others have been laid out in the weeks since then. Here's a rundown of some of the major new proposals in the President's budget.

 
June 4, 2013
CRFB's latest interactive tool "The Reformer" is a handy game that allows users to design their own Social Security plan. Users can select from a wide variety of benefit and revenue changes to make the system sustainably solvent. The tool then shows the effect on the program's finances and benefit and tax levels.
September 27, 2011
If you've ever wanted to design your own corporate tax reform, now you can with our new Interactive Tax Reform Calculator. There is no question that the U.S. corporate tax system is badly in need of reform, and leaders in both parties have been pursuing this goal.

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CRFB Projects

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative is dedicated to identifying practical improvements to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The SSDI Solutions Initiative is calling for academic papers on innovative ways to make the SSDI program better serve workers with disabilities, those who pay into the program, and the economy as a whole.

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is an unprecedented and bipartisan coalition that seeks to mobilize members of business, government, and policy communities to urge Congress and the President to enact a comprehensive debt deal.

There is a growing consensus that the budget process is broken. The Better Budget Process Initiative will put forward specific options to reform and improve the budget process in a wide range of areas, including increasing focus on the long-term fiscal outlook, improving the process for dealing with the debt limit, strengthening statutory budget enforcement, revising the content and structure of the budget resolution, moving to biennial budgeting, and addressing treatment of tax expenditures in the budget process.