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Monday, October 13, 2008

Proposed marginal tax rates

Non-economists tend to think about average tax rates whereas economists claim that decisions can be influenced by marginal tax rates.

The Tax Foundation claims to have figured out the proposed marginal tax rates from the two presidential candidates:

From the left:



From the right:



It seems to be a wash over all, but it is interesting that Obama's plan seems to leave the $70k-$110k alone and dramatically increases the earned income tax credit given to those at the bottom of the income distribution.

My guess is that McCain's plan looks a bit worse - remember the dashed lines represent marginal tax rates - because EIT and other transfers are phased out at certain income levels.

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