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Changes in the Distribution of Top Marginal Tax Rates, 1958-2009

Daniel Baneman, Jim Nunns

Published: March 06, 2012
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The statutory rate structure of the federal individual income tax — the number and width of brackets and the level of rates — has changed significantly over time, as has the distribution of taxpayers across rates. This article examines how the top statutory marginal tax rate changed at various percentile breaks using data from all available years, 1958-2009.