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Tax Collection Statistics You Need To Know

Tax Collection Statistics You Need To Know

get a glimpse of the enormity of the IRS and the federal government’s revenue
through taxation, one simply needs to observe the federal tax statistics in America.
Funds generated through IRS taxes are essential to fuel the public goods and
services offered by the central government. Without revenue created from the
IRS tax levy,the federal government would cripple, and America would severely

To appropriately review the magnitude and effectiveness of IRS taxes
one must compare and contrast the different forms of taxation and their
corresponding percentages based on varying years. The following chart will
document IRS taxes in 2007, the number of returns, the amount of gross
collection, and their relevant percentages. The chart below was taking from the
IRS website (IRS.gov), which offers infallible and detailed statistics for all
forms of IRS taxes.

Type of Return

Number of Returns

Gross Collection

Individual Income Tax



Employment Taxes



Corporate Income Tax



Excise Taxes



Estate Taxes



Gift Taxes



In 2007, there was a total of 173,351,839 separate tax returns which accounted
for $2,691,538,000,000. The 2 trillion+ dollars accumulated through the IRS tax
is allocated between various public goods and services. The government’s appropriated
numbers vary from public perception but in 2007 the following percentages were
apportioned as such:20% was given to the military for defense purposes, 33% was
spent on medicare, 8% was used to pay off our nation’s debt, 21% was given to
social security, and the following 18% was allocated for discretionary reasons.

The IRS tax, through observation of the above statistics are incredibly
exorbitant. Most don’t realize the amount of funding necessary to run a country
as large, diverse, and powerful as the United States of America. Even though
IRS taxes account for trillions of dollars of public funding each year, America
is still operating under an obscene deficit. To further elaborate on such
statistics one can observe that the Individual Income Tax is the predominant
source of revenue for the national government. 

More than 50% of revenue
acquired through IRS taxes is generated from the Individual Income Tax. This
number has steadily increased over the year due to rising wages and inflation.
To meet inflation, and the rising CPI, wages need to appropriately increase. As
a result of the progressive tax system, the more money an individual makes, the
more taxes he/she pays. 

This relationship is tangible through inspection of
year to year tax statistics. In 2006 for instance, the personal income tax
accounted for just 44% of the total gross collection from IRS taxes. That being
said, the main source of yearly revenue is always spawned through the personal
income tax. In essence, if all other revenue was combined through the various
forms (employment taxes, corporate income tax, excise taxes, estate taxes, and
gift taxes) of IRS tax levied the numbers would not equal the amount collected
from the individual income tax. 

The individual income tax levied by the IRS is the most complex and important
form of levy for the national government. The income tax category includes a
collection of funds from the four divisions of the IRS. Individuals
(investments and wages, small businesses, mid to large cap corporations, and
government entities or non-profits all contribute to the personal income tax
levy. The progressive system, places a responsibility on those individuals who
yield higher annual incomes. For example the progressive income tax breakdown
in America for 2010 is as follows:

of Annual Taxable Income

Tax rate













Due to the proportional relationship between tax rate and annual income, the
top tax bracket routinely accounts for 60-65% of all revenue produced through
the personal income tax. Although the numbers are prodigious the IRS estimates
that on average, $250-$300 billion dollars a year go uncollected.