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Tax Burden and Distribution of "Stimulus" Payments

The weakening American economy has prompted an unusual bipartisan agreement between leaders in the House of Representatives and the President on a $150 billion “fiscal stimulus package.” This bulletin analyzes the primary tool of the proposed “stimulus” package: the payments that would be sent to federal income taxpayers. In particular, we compare federal income tax burdens with eligibility to receive “rebate” payments. 

In this paper we summarize the data for the United States as a whole, as well as for the states of Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Virginia, and Kentucky.

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