Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: Expanding the Sales Tax in an Equitable Way

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"There is good reason to worry about the sales tax falling heavily on low-income families. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the lowest-income 20% of Pennsylvania families pay an average of 5.8% of their income in sales tax. The top 20%, by contrast, pay less than 2.3% of their income in sales tax. And families in the top 1% pay only .6% of their incomes in sales tax – one tenth as much as low-income families."

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