University of Wisconsin–Madison

Who Pays Taxes in America in 2020?

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, National, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Progressive taxation requires the rich to pay a higher share of their income in taxes than poor people. This infographic shows that America’s tax system is only moderately progressive through a series of charts depicting the share of total taxes paid across income groups and tax rates before and after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). There are many opportunities federal, state, and local governments can take in order to make it significantly more progressive, including repealing provisions of TCJA or addressing problems in the federal tax code that predated TCJA.

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