Interactive Visualization Of The Bush Tax Cut Impact (And Obama's Proposed Tax Plan)
The Washington Post has created the following terrific interactive chart demonstrating precisely what various impacts the three tax options would cost to i) the government and ii) to the taxpayer. The options are, obviously, allowing all cuts expire, the implementation of Obama's alternative plan, and the extension of all cuts. The first extreme case (full extension) will cost the government $3.7 trillion, and result in no incremental taxation; the other extreme - full tax cut expiration, would cost the government nothing, would increase the average tax rate from 20.8% to 23.5%, and would increase the incremental tax payments by the top earners by $372k annually. This will surely be to most heated topic heading into the mid-term elections.