The Astonishing Trend in Income Gains for the Very Rich
Check how your income would be taxed at different countries’ marginal tax rates.
And a look at the history of taxes in the U.S. from Paul Solman.

Check how your income would be taxed at different countries’ marginal tax rates.

And a look at the history of taxes in the U.S. from Paul Solman.


As Congress debates whether to raise taxes on the wealthy — either households making more than $250,000 or $1 million a year - it’s helpful to keep in mind just how few people fall into either of those categories.
Nationally, only 4 percent of households earn more than $200,000 annually.

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As Congress debates whether to raise taxes on the wealthy — either households making more than $250,000 or $1 million a year - it’s helpful to keep in mind just how few people fall into either of those categories.

Nationally, only 4 percent of households earn more than $200,000 annually.

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Median household income change after recessions
(Graphic by Justin Myers)
The number of Americans living in poverty reached a 52-year high in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. More

Median household income change after recessions

(Graphic by Justin Myers)

The number of Americans living in poverty reached a 52-year high in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. More

Teachers of The World: How to Use our Videos in Class!

Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query:

Name: Rob Peters

Question: Hi Paul: I like your productions greatly. I teach career planning courses at Diablo Valley College in northern California. I would love to have video of a show you did recently that questioned the increasing gap between the haves, the have nots, and what I call “the have it alls!” How would I procure that, so that I could use it in a class for a more provocative discussion with my 30 students?

Paul Solman: Thank you, Rob. Is your classroom not wired for the Internet? If it is, all you do is go here and run the streaming video. You can even cue the story to particular moments and then save them as tabs.

Teachers of the world: we encourage you to unite and do this. Or just do it separately. We are in the public education business. The more you use our work, the more we are doing our job.

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