On Sunday, the Star-Tribune published our commentary on the “tax the rich” cry. We wrote, “The facts from the New York Times, Tax Foundation, Congressional Budget Office, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and Minnesota Department of Revenue all show that the rich pay a higher percentage of their incomes in taxes.”

Some critics in the Star-Tribune reader-response section have asked for our sources. I’m glad to include them below:

C. Ford Runge, University of Minnesota: http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/126430623.html.

Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan: 
http://ntj.tax.org/wwtax%5Cntjrec.nsf/B217DBA3D2128D018525715E00592788/$FILE/Article%2003-Slemrod.pdf.

Rep. Pat Garofalo and Commissioner Myron Frans, Minnesota Department of Revenue (exchange in a hearing): http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/programa.asp?ls_year=87&event_id=3793, minutes 10 to 13.

Dr. Paul Wilson, Minnesota Department of Revenue:  http://ww2.house.leg.state.mn.us/audio/mp3ls87/taxes042711.mp3, minute 58.

Andrew Chamberlain and Gerald Prante, Tax Foundation: “Who Pays Taxes and Who Receive Government Spending?  An Analysis of Federal, State, and Local Tax and Spending Distributions, 1991-2004”.  Working Paper 1.  March, 2007. http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/wp1.pdf.

Dr. Casey Mulligan,  University of Chicago: “Who Pays the Other Taxes?” New York Times. November 24, 2010. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/the-other-taxes-who-pays-them/.

Congressional Budget Office: “Average Federal Tax Rates for All Households, by Comprehensive Household Income Quintile, 1979-2007.” http://www.cbo.gov/publications/collections/tax/2010/average_rates.pdf.

Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center: “Average Effective Tax Rates Under Current Law, By Cash Income Percentile, 2009.” http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/numbers/displayatab.cfm?DocID=2432.