Reality check

Paying a fair share?

A look at whether the tax rate kept up with the trends in wealth.

While the share of the federal tax burden for the richest 1% of Americans increased . . .

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. . . their income grew even faster . . .

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. . . and they paid a smaller share of their income to taxes.

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SOURCE: Internal Revenue Service.
GRAPHIC: Dan Keating, Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 27, 2011.