Reality check

Answers to key questions about taxes

There are a lot of numbers being thrown around in the debate over who pays what in taxes. These graphics examine what's behind those numbers.


Have taxes kept up
with wealth?

U.S. Map

Who doesn't pay
federal taxes?


Do rich people pay
a lower tax rate?

Tax breaks

Who really benefits
from tax breaks?

Tax breaks

Why do boats get
tax breaks?

The Washington Post. Published Sept. 26, 2011.