Wealth

If We Value Hard Work, Why Doesn't Our Tax Code?

— Maz
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Sources:

Congressional Budget Office, "The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009," Supplemental Table 7.
U.S. Census Bureau, “Regions by Median and Mean Income, All Races,” Historical Income Tables, Households, Table H-6. 
Tax Foundation, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rates History, 1862-2013, (Nominal and Inflation-Adjusted Brackets), October 2013
Internal Revenue Service, "The 400 Individual Income Tax Returns Reporting the Largest Adjusted Gross Incomes Each Year, 1992-2009."
Novack, Janet, Forbes.com, "Income of Top 400 Fell 25% in 2009, But They Took Record 16% of All Capital Gains," June 2012.
Congressional Budget Office,"The Distribution of Major Tax Expenditures in the Individual Income Tax System,"  Table 1 and Table 2, May 2013.
Schlesinger, Jill, CBS.com, "Student Loan Debt Nears $1 Trillion: Is it the New Subprime?" November 2012.
U.S. Department of Transportation, DOT Budget and Performance.
U.S. Departtment of Veteran Affairs, "VA 2013 Budget Fast Facts."
National Cancer Institute, Key Points, Cancer Research Funding.
Kessler, Glenn, washingtonpost.com, "'Obamacare': Twice as much as estimated?" March 2012.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "How Health Reform's Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets" July 2012.

Estate Tax Quotes

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UFE and Responsible Wealth have held many press events featuring remarkable guest speakers from varying walks of life and work. Many of those speakers are wealthy individuals who have been, or will be, affected by the estate tax. But, they all have at least one thing in common – passionate support for the estate tax, because of what it represents: the common good and opportunity for all Americans.

INFOGRAPHIC: The House Doesn't Always Win

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Housing, a cornerstone of the "American Dream," is the largest form of privately wealth held by families across the United States. This infographic draws attention to the intersection of housing as both a globally-recognized human right and as a commodity in a global stock market controlled by the wealthy.

Racial Wealth Divide: Why Housing Matters

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 Infographic design by Design Action Collective

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Housing, a cornerstone of the "American Dream," is the largest form of privately wealth held by families across the United States. This infographic draws attention to the intersection of housing as both a globally-recognized human right and as a commodity in a global stock market controlled by the wealthy. We urge readers to acknowledge the history behind the long-standing racial wealth divide and to consider the interplay between federal housing policies and risky financial practices and their impacts on the divide.

For more on housing and the racial wealth divide, see UFE's 2013 MLK day report:
State of the Dream 2013: A Long Way From Home

5.2 Million Hits and Counting! (A Web Video)

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This amazing web video, posted by YouTube user, politizane, animates research about the dramatic differential between people's perceptions and the reality of the wealth divide in the United States. Their findings suggest that Americans overwhelmingly want to live in a more equal society—like Sweden's, specifically—but also that too many people just don't know how bad the economic situation has gotten.

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