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Average effective federal tax rates, by household income group, 1979–2007

Note: Data are for comprehensive household income.

Source: Authors' analysis of Congressional Budget Office (2008 and 2010)

Updated June 18, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Underlying data are from the Congressional Budget Office, Average Federal Taxes by Income Group, “Average Federal Tax Rates for All Households, by Comprehensive Household Income Quintile, 1979–2007” [Excel spreadsheet] and “Effective Federal Tax Rates for All Households, by Comprehensive Household Income Category, 1979 to 2005 (Percent)” [Excel spreadsheet supplement to Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2005]. The tax rates for the top .01, top 0.1 and top 1.0 percent are given by CBO. The tax rates for the 20th–<90th percentile, 90th–<95th percentile, and the 95th–<99th percentile are calculated by taking an average of each income groups’ tax rate weighted by their share of total income.

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