How High Should Taxes Be?

As the debate over tax progressivity continues, an article in Public Finance Review points out that, while the United States federal tax system is generally recognized as progressive,

“…a few states have complemented the progressive federal income tax with progressive tax systems of their own. On average, across all states, however, low-income households pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than do wealthy households. In other words, state and local tax systems tend to be regressive, although there is significant variation in the degree of regressivity.

PFR_72ppiRGB_150pixwThe article examines the relationship between voter ideology, ethnic demographics, and the distribution of tax burdens across income groups, stating that “a state’s ethnic demographic context has statistically and economically significant effects on the progressivity of the tax structures utilized by state and local governments.”

Click here to read the article, “Voter Ideology, Economic Factors, and State and Local Tax Progressivity,” published by John M. Foster of the University of Kentucky in Public Finance Review, and stay informed about the latest economic research from the journal.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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