Article Series: The United States of Inequality

— Sara Shahanaghi


This great series of articles by Timothy Noah of Slate shows the gradual growth in inequality within the US to the very critical state it is in now. The articles are full of blunt statistics as well as easy to understand charts and slideshows on inequality.

State Revenue Lost Due to Bush Tax Cuts

— Sara Shahanaghi


ITEP has created a set of state-by-state charts showing the average tax cuts for the wealthy and government revenue losses that would result from extending the Bush Tax Cuts  on the top 5% of income earners in 2011.

Report: Who Benefits from Tax Expenditures?

— Sara Shahanaghi


This short document by the Tax Policy Center shows that various tax exclusions and deductions, especially on capital gains and dividends, vastly benefit the top 0.1% and top quintile of income earners. The report includes a short narrative and a chart showing the extent to which certain tax policies are benefitting the wealthy.

Disinvesting in America

— Sara Shahanaghi


This piece by Adam Hersh and Sarah Ayres of the Center for American Progress explains and shows graphically the harm to vital programs such as education, transportation, infrastructure, and technology that would ensue of the Republican budget plan under Paul Ryan were to take place.

Report: "Who Pays?" on State Tax Structures

— Sara Shahanaghi


This is the 3rd edition of ITEP’s “Who Pays?” state tax distribution reports. It includes an overall analysis of the current state tax structures as a whole as well as state-by-state fact sheets on tax structures. The state tax sheets include valuable tax information on tax rates by quintile for each tax type. Overall the data shows that state tax burdens fall overwhelmingly on the lower income quintiles.

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