Happy Tax Day (U.S. Taxes by the Numbers)

April 14th, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you may have spent an hour waiting in line at the U.S. post office yesterday. I realize I’m a blogger, and a graduate student, and in my twenties — and all of these factors made me rather unlike the typical pen-and-paper-tax-filer — but there’s just something so satisfying about addressing an envelope (and sometimes a check) to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Anyone else?

Something that I find less satisfying are the statistics on taxation in the United States, particularly among corporations and very wealthy individuals (i.e., those that have teams of accountants and attorneys to do their filing for them). I can guarantee that none of those folks were in line at the post office with me yesterday.

In honor of  tax day, I’ve put together a little infographic to commemorate these statistics. Enjoy.


Written by Ann Hollingshead

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