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The Size of the 5.6% Millionaire's Tax (A look at a "typical" millionaire to be affected)
Tax Foundation ^ | 10/08/2011 | Nick Kasprak

Posted on 10/09/2011 10:09:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

October 6, 2011

The Size of the 5.6% Millionaire's Tax

by Nick Kasprak

Congressional Democrats have proposed a new 5.6% surtax which would apply to AGI over $1 million as their latest attempt to find a politically palatable way to pay for the American Jobs Act. The surtax proposal replaces President Obama's proposal to limit the benefit of itemized deductions to at most 28% of their value. The new proposal targets very high-income taxpayers with incomes over $1 million, so I thought it would be interesting to look at a "typical" millionaire and see how such a taxpayer would be affected.

I'll start by defining what I mean by a "typical" millionaire because such a term can mean many different things. I'm not interested in the average of everyone making over that amount because that would include some ultra-high income taxpayers whose particular individual circumstances would overwhelm the rest of the data. It's better to look for the median taxpayer in this group, or at least an average of people close to the median.

According to the latest IRS data (2009), the number of returns (with itemized deductions) in various income groups over $1 million looks like this:

    $1,000,000 under $1,500,000


    $1,500,000 under $2,000,000


    $2,000,000 under $5,000,000


    $5,000,000 under $10,000,000


    $10,000,000 or more


It's easy to see that the median return falls somewhere in the $1.5M to $2.0M group, and since the IRS doesn't subdivide its data into income groups any smaller than this, the best we can do is to use this group and take averages. Doing so (with a bit of rounding off for simplicity's sake) gives us a taxpayer with an AGI of about $1.8M, composed of $1.53M in ordinary income such as salaries and business or S-corp income, $200K in capital gains income, $70K in qualified dividends, and $255K in itemized deductions.

Below is a chart showing how such a taxpayer would be affected by the various tax increase proposals:

Tax Scenarios Chart

Since people making over $1M are the prime target for the surtax, it makes sense that it would be a bigger tax increase for them than the 28% limitation on itemized deductions. Both taxes are designed to raise roughly the same amount of revenue, but the surtax does so by targeting people making over $1M exclusively, while the 28% limitation could conceivably affect anyone making more than $212,300 (in 2011 - this threshold would be higher in the year when the provision actually takes effect.)

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: millionaire; taxes; taxhikes

1 posted on 10/09/2011 10:09:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

there aren’t that many “rich” people.

let obama continue his class warfare and he’ll lose the election.

2 posted on 10/09/2011 10:23:54 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama's "Millionaire Tax" Collected Over Next Ten Years Will Plug 4 Months Worth Of Deficit
3 posted on 10/09/2011 10:45:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Assume the average is $1.8 million. This tax will be an additional 5.6% on that $800,000 above $1 million - about $45,000 per taxpayer.

There are about 220,000 who earn above $1 million.

Thus you’ll “collect” about $10 billion a year in tax. Or, on our $1.6 trillion Obama deficit, about 0.62%.

Yeah, that’ll save the nation! Reducing the deficit to $1.59 trillion is going to change EVERYTHING!

4 posted on 10/09/2011 10:45:51 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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5 posted on 10/09/2011 11:00:02 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: SeekAndFind

A “millionaire” is a person who has accumulated net assets of a million dollars or more. The term is incorrectly applied to earnings. It is properly a measure of assets, not earnings.

6 posted on 10/09/2011 11:08:29 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ("Nanny Care State" is not a Division 3 football powerhouse.)
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To: FromTheSidelines

If you are one of those 220,000 affected by the $45000 additional tax, you shed 3 minimum wage employees to offset the tax expense. Another 660,000 people unemployed. Brilliant.

7 posted on 10/09/2011 11:40:07 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: SeekAndFind

Republicans should turn this around on the Democrats and say that it should be a 5.6% or 10% tax on accumulated wealth. I bet all the crazy rich Democrats Obama, Pelosi, Kerry, etc, wouldn’t be so excited about that.

They want income taxes to keep commoner, new money, out of their clubs. Democrats are evil, twister of words.

9 posted on 10/09/2011 11:51:28 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind

First they came for the millionaires...

10 posted on 10/09/2011 12:04:48 PM PDT by DPMD (~)
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