Personal Exemption Not What It Used to Be

Research Report

Personal Exemption Not What It Used to Be

Abstract

The personal exemption, designed to shelter a basic minimum income from taxation, has declined in relative importance over time. In the aggregate, while it grew modestly from $406 billion to $505 billion (in real 2002 dollars) from 1948 to 1999, as a fraction of personal income the exemption has declined precipitously, from 27.3 percent to just 6.3 percent.

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