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Statistics are fun!

In the GOP E-Brief:

FACT: The 92.1 million taxpayers with annual incomes of less than $50,000 in 2003 saw a 47 percent reduction in their average tax bill from President Bush’s 2001-2003 income tax relief. (“Who Benefits Most From Tax Cuts On Investment Income,” The New York Times, 4/5/06)

The 26.9 million taxpayers with annual incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 in 2003 saw a 20 percent reduction in their average tax bill from President Bush’s 2001-2003 income tax relief. (“Who Benefits Most From Tax Cuts On Investment Income,” The New York Times, 4/5/06)

Why does the GOP think this is noteworthy? Beats me. Democrats claim Bush’s tax cuts are unfairly weighted towards the rich. From the article the E-brief cites:

About 3.5 million taxpayers filing their returns for last year are being hit by the alternative tax. But that figure will balloon this year to at least 19 million taxpayers, making as little as about $30,000, unless Congress restores a law that limited its effects until now, according to the Tax Policy Center in Washington, a joint project of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, whose estimates the White House has declared reasonable.

The tax cut analysis was based on estimates from a computer model developed by Citizens for Tax Justice, which asserts that the tax system unfairly favors the rich. The group’s estimates are considered reliable by advocates on differing sides of the tax debate. The Times, which also did its own analysis, asked the group to use the model to produce additional data on the effect of the investment tax cuts on various income groups. The analyses show that more than 70 percent of the tax savings on investment income went to the top 2 percent, about 2.6 million taxpayers.

That’s just investment income, of course. How about this:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 – Fully one-third of President Bush’s tax cuts in the last three years have gone to people with the top 1 percent of income, who have earned an average of $1.2 million annually, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to be published Friday.

A third. Maybe you could say that segment of the population makes more and therefore should get more of a cut. But that much? The top 1% make ~15% of income in this country. Seems to be roughly twice what might be fair.

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