June 1, 2019
U.S. corporations are contributing the smallest share of federal tax revenue in a generation.
That’s one of the findings in the Data Book for 2018, released by the Internal Revenue Service on Monday. In the fiscal year covered, the IRS processed more than 250 million tax returns and collected nearly $3.5 trillion in federal taxes paid by households and businesses.
The data show that the burden is increasingly falling on individuals. Their income taxes account for about $1.95 trillion, or 57 percent of total revenue. An additional 33 percent came from employment taxes. Corporations only paid 7.6 percent of the tax take — the lowest share since at least 1960, according to the IRS data.
After adjusting for refunds, the share may be even lower. Businesses got more than $60 billion back from the IRS, lowering the net collection amount to $202.7 billion.
The IRS report also provided data on tax audits and taxpayer attitudes. About two-thirds of respondents agreed that it’s their civic duty to pay their fair share of taxes, and an even bigger majority said that it’s not acceptable to cheat.
There were some outliers, though. About 3 in 100 taxpayers said it’s acceptable to cheat “as much as possible.”
Do online reviews help or hurt a business? Depending on the type of review, of course, it could go either way.
It's hard not to be apprehensive about fall this year with many schools reverting to online learning at home for students. But if it helps, you're not alone. Recent statistics show that 51 percent of working parents said they'll be distracted to a "moderate" or "great" degree on days when their kids learn from home, and 42 percent are worried to the same extent about their job security due to the situation.
As summer comes to an end, many people go into business-clean-up mode—gearing up for year end. One item to add to your list is enhancing your Google My Business profile. The internet is where most consumers find a business, so make sure your information is engaging, accurate and current to elevate your visibility online.