This piece is the fifth in a six-part series on taxation, and a joint project by The American Prospect and its publishing partner, Demos.
2. One out of three multi-millionaires pays a lower percentage of their income in taxes than the vast majority of people making $60,000 a year.
3. Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, which has been praised by Governor Romney, would deliver benefits to people with incomes over $1 million that are 10 times greater than the benefits to those earning $40,000 or less.
6. America has a revenue problem, not a spending problem. It is only because of the Bush tax cuts that our national debt is rising. If not for those cuts, our debt would be stabilized at under 60 percent of GDP.
7. General Electric, which reported over $4 billion in US profits in 2010, paid ZERO taxes.
8. A financial speculation tax of only 0.50 percent on financial trades could raise up to $170 billion annually.
9. Upper income households save an average of $5,500 thanks to the mortgage interest tax deduction whereas families earning between $40,000 and $75,000 save only $500.
10. Only two OECD nations collect less revenue as a percentage of GDP than the United States—Chile and Mexico.
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Part 1: Washington, We Have a Revenue Problem
Part 2: Making State and Local Taxes Fair Game
Part 3: Taxing Wall Street Speculation
Part 4: Read My Lips: Fairer Taxes
Part 5: With Corporate Taxes, Less Is More