Our regressive tax system serves the super-rich

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report Who Pays? A distributional analysis of the tax systems in all 50 states shows just how regressive the tax system is, both nationally and, especially, in Washington State. In 2007 the richest 1% of Washingtonians paid about 3% of their income in state and local taxes, while the poorest 20% of citizens paid over 17% of their income in state and local taxes.  Nationwide, the top 1% pay about 5% and the poorest 20% pay about 11%.

The following charts are from the ITEP report.

Who pays?

Who pays?

Still, in 2010 misguided voters voted against I-1098, which would have instituted an income tax on the top 2% or 3% of earners.

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But reports and charts won’t convince low information voters, who (when they are able to vote) continue to vote against their own self-interest.

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