Research Report The Distributional Burden of Federal Excise Taxes
Joseph Rosenberg
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The federal tax system imposes a number of excise taxes on goods and services such as gasoline, alcohol, tobacco, air travel, and health care. In fiscal year 2014, the federal government raised $93.4 billion or 0.5 percent of GDP from excise taxes, accounting for about 3 percent of total federal revenue. This report provides a brief summary of federal excise taxes and presents the methodology the Tax Policy Center uses to estimate the incidence of excise taxes in our distributional tables.
Research Areas Taxes and budgets
Tags Federal budget and economy
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center