Hover over each bar to see taxpayers' projected savings (in billions of dollars) for the current calendar year.

Quintiles of taxpayers

Just over half the benefits flow to the richest 20 percent of households.

Three breaks primarily benefit lower-income households: the tax-free treatment of most Social Security benefits, the child tax credit and the earned-income tax credit.

Quintiles of taxpayers

Based on household size, people in each quintile made at least this amount before taxes:

  • Lowest earners:
    One person: $0
    Two person: $0
    Four person: $0
  • Second-lowest earners:
    One person: $24,700
    Two person: $35,000
    Four person: $49,500
  • Middle class earners:
    One person: $38,500
    Two person: $54,400
    Four person: $77,000
  • Fourth-lowest earners:
    One person: $55,100
    Two person: $77,900
    Four person: $110,200
  • Highest earners:
    One person: $81,400
    Two person: $115,100
    Four person: $162,800

Four types of tax breaks are shown here: Deductions reduce taxable income; credits reduce a person’s tax liability; exemptions reduce taxes by a set amount, and preferential rates lower rates on certian kinds of income.

SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office.