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/
Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan:
Rep. Pat Garofalo and Commissioner Myron Frans, Minnesota Department of Revenue (exchange in a hearing): http://www.house.leg.state.mn.
Dr. Paul Wilson, Minnesota Department of Revenue: http://ww2.house.leg.state.mn.
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/
Dr. Casey Mulligan, University of Chicago: “Who Pays the Other Taxes?” New York Times. November 24, 2010. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.
Congressional Budget Office: “Average Federal Tax Rates for All Households, by Comprehensive Household Income Quintile, 1979-2007.” http://www.cbo.gov/
Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center: “Average Effective Tax Rates Under Current Law, By Cash Income Percentile, 2009.” http://www.taxpolicycenter.