Taxing Businesses Through the Individual Income Tax"Since the individual income tax was instituted in 1913, the profits of most businesses have been allocated, or “passed through,” to their owners and subjected to that tax—rather than to the corporate income tax. However, most business activity (specifically, the total revenue that businesses receive as receipts from sales of goods and services) has occurred at firms subject to the corporate income tax (C corporations) because those firms tend to be larger than pass-through entities.Over the past few decades, the proportion of firms organized as pass-through entities and their share of business receipts have increased substantially: In 1980, 83 percent of firms were organized as pass-through entities, and they accounted for 14 percent of business receipts; by 2007, those shares had increased to 94 percent and 38 percent, respectively."http://cbo.gov/publication/43750I've always wondered about this. This would contribute to corporate taxes as a share of GDP dropping, which of course makes liberals conclude -- incorrectly of course -- that it is necessarily due to corporations being taxed more lightly over time.
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