Big government means high taxes

Chart of income received and income taxes paid in the U.S.
In the United States, the top 1% of all earners – those earning $500,000 or more a year – received 20% of all income while paying 37% of federal income taxes (source: dpa)
  • Western electorates have consistently voted for big government spending programs
  • Income taxes in OECD countries are highly progressive, with the rich paying more
  • Once payroll and consumption tax is factored in, the burden shifts to the middle class
  • The best way to boost growth is smaller government and lower tax burdens for all

There is a growing myth that the rich are not paying their fair share in taxes and that the middle class is therefore overtaxed. This is not the case. High-income taxpayers across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) pay more than their share of the national income.

Voters in Western democracies have consistently voted for larger government. Big governments require high and burdensome taxes, on everyone. Unless voters become willing to scale back the size and scope of state activity, taxes will have to remain high across the board.

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