Data from the Tax Foundation

Tax Freedom Day 2019 Arrives on April 16

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough to pay its federal, state, and local tax bill for the year.

This year, Tax Freedom Day will arrive on April 16, 105 days into the year.

Americans will pay $3.4 trillion in federal taxes and $1.8 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of over $5.2 trillion, or 29 percent of the nation’s income.

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This year, Americans will work the longest to pay federal, state, and local individual income taxes (42 days) followed by payroll taxes (26 days), sales and excise taxes (15 days), property taxes (11 days), and corporate income taxes (5 days). The remaining six days are spent paying estate and inheritance taxes, customs duties, and other taxes.
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While national Tax Freedom Day arrives just one day after the tax filing deadline, the total tax burden borne by residents of different states varies considerably due to differing state tax policies and the progressivity of the federal tax system.
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The latest ever Tax Freedom Day was May 1, 2000; in that year, Americans paid 33 percent of their total income in taxes. A century earlier, in 1900, Americans paid only 5.9 percent of their income in taxes, meaning that Tax Freedom Day came on January 22.
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