04/15/2014

Are You Free of Your Tax Bill for the Year?

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As you put the 2013 tax season behind you, think about how much of what you earn is allocated to pay taxes each year. This year, Americans will pay a total of $4.5 trillion, or 30.2% of their income in taxes. Consider how many days of work will be dedicated to paying that bill. Every year the Tax Foundation1 establishes Tax Freedom Day®, which marks the day when the nation has earned enough money collectively to pay its total tax bill. For 2014, Tax Freedom Day® falls on April 21st; three days later than 2013 due to the country’s delayed economic recovery. This means the average taxpayer will spend 110 days working to pay their taxes. If federal borrowing is included in the equation, it moves Tax Freedom Day® out another 15 days to May 6th.

Take a look at our full report, Have you paid your taxes yet?, which includes the Tax Freedom Day® for each of the seven states where we manage a single state municipal bond fund. Check out the entire 2014 Tax Freedom Day® report to see where Tax Freedom Day® falls for all 50 states.

1The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan educational organization founded in 1937 to educate taxpayers about sound tax policy and the size of the tax burden borne by Americans at all levels of government.  For more information, visit www.taxfoundation.org.

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