The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2011

The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2011

November 12, 2014
Report

In 2011, households in the top, middle, and bottom quintiles received 52, 14, and 5 percent of the nation's before-tax income, respectively; the shares of federal taxes paid by those households were 69, 9, and 1 percent.

A subsequent version of this report, The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, was published in June 2016.

Data and Supplemental Information

Corrections and Updates

Corrections: On March 23, 2016, CBO reposted this document with corrections on pages 17 and 25. On November 18, 2014, CBO reposted the spreadsheet providing supplemental data with corrected values in Table 3 for before-tax and after-tax income in 1979 for the lowest income quintile.

Addition: On February 9, 2015, CBO posted data underlying figures in this report as supplemental material.