Today On Your Call: Where do your taxes go?

Apr 17, 2012

On today’s Your Call, on Tax Day, we’ll have a conversation about the tax system. The US government collects about a quarter of its gross domestic product through taxes. Who's paying the most taxes? Who's not paying taxes? Join us at 10 or email What would a fair tax system look like -- and would any of the proposals out there now move us toward a better system? What would you change? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Matthew Gardner, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that works on state and federal tax policy issues

Tim Cavanaugh, managing editor of the libertarian and a columnist for Reason magazine

Garrett Gruener, founder of, co-founder of venture capital firm Alta Partners, and member of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a group of millionaires asking for higher taxes 

Web Resources:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorites: Where do our federal and state tax dollars go?

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Patriotic millionaires for Fiscal Strength

Sarah Anderson and Scott Klinger, The Nation: Six Rigged Rules Corporations Use to Dodge Taxes

Ezra Klein, Washington Post: The taxes Americans really pay, in two graphs

Jonathan Weisman, NY Times: In Senate, Republicans Block Debate on ‘Buffett Rule’

David Kocieniewski, NY Times: But Nobody Pays That

Jacoba Urist, The Atlantic: No Taxes, No Travel: Why the IRS Wants the Right to Seize Your Passport