With the deadline for filing state and federal tax returns upon us, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has pulled together resources from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Demos' Taxes Matter Project to provide a fresh perspective on how we think about taxes.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities does a nice job painting a picture of how our tax system works with charts and graphics. For Tax Day, the Center has put together a series of telling charts, including this one showing that most of the federal budget goes toward defense spending, Social Security and major health programs like Medicare:
We also share Demos' Top 10 Tax Stats, which may make your head hurt. A few highlights:
5. The Bush tax legacy means we currently tax wealth less than work: middle-income paychecks are taxed at 25% compared to stock dividends and capital gains for the wealthiest, which are taxed at a top rate of only 15%.
And don't forget to get to the Post Office — or hit the e-file button — before midnight tonight!