A tax impact from Grandpa’s day

Released: 
September 11, 2012

Federal tax revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product is at its lowest level in more than 60 years.

Big spending is one reason for record deficits. Here’s another: federal tax revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product is at its lowest level since 1950, more than 60 years ago. In 2010 federal tax revenue came to 15.1 percent of GDP. In 1950 it was 14.4 percent. The postwar average has been 17.9 percent.

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