Happy Tax Confusion Day

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I write this blog post every year, but basically the Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day” promotion is a trick intended to falsely benchmark middle class people’s economic interests to wealthy people’s economic interests.

The crux of the issue is that “average” tax rates are a meaningless concept in a tax system such as ours with tax brackets and a progressive rate structure.

The only reason to focus on the average is to try to fool people into thinking that their taxes are higher than they actually are, because you are a political conservative who wishes middle class people felt more economic affinity with rich people.

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2 Responses to Happy Tax Confusion Day

  1. Bill says:

    Except that their report doesn’t mention anything about “averages”. It looks at the aggregate – how much the population pays (both nationally and statewide). Did you or CBPP even read the report?