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SOI Tax Stats - SOI Bulletin: Spring 2011

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Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin - Spring 2011
(Entire Publication in .pdf)

High-Income Tax Returns for 2008
by Justin Bryan

For 2008, there were 4,375,660 individual income tax returns that reported adjusted gross income (AGI) of $200,000 or more, and 4,416,986 with expanded income of $200,000 or more. These high-income returns represent 3.072 percent and 3.101 percent, respectively, of all returns filed for 2008.

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Individual High Income Tax Returns







Individual Income Tax Returns, by Age of Primary Taxpayer, Tax Years 1997 and 2007
by Jeff Curry and Jonathan Dent

Individual income taxpayers filed approximately 143 million returns in 2007, a 16.8-percent increase from the 122.4 million returns filed in 1997. Taxpayers whose ages were 35 to 44 filed the most returns in 1997 and 2007, with 27.1 million returns filed by the age group in both years. This age group also accounted for the largest percentage of adjusted gross income (AGI) in 1997, representing 26.6 percent of total AGI claimed in this year.

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1a, 2a, 3a, 4a


1b, 2b, 3b, 4b

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Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) Statistics



Individual Income Tax Returns, by State, 2007
by Taquesha Cain

For Tax Year 2007, there were approximately 142.2 million individual income tax returns, excluding the additional tax returns filed solely for the economic stimulus payment. The adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on these returns totaled slightly less than $8.7 trillion. Excel Tables:


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Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) Statistics


Foreign Recipients of U.S. Income, 2008
by Scott Luttrell

U.S.-source income payments to foreign persons, as reported on Form 1042-S, rose to $659.7 billion in Tax Year 2008. The 2.0-percent increase from 2007 was fueled primarily by growth in notional principal contract income, which rose by 59.7 percent between 2007 and 2008. Meanwhile, interest payments declined by 5.7 percent and dividends fell by 8.3 percent between 2007 and 2008. Excel Tables:


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International Boycott Reports, 2007 and 2008
by Melissa Costa

For Tax Year 2007, 120 U.S. entities received about 4,800 requests to participate in boycotts unsanctioned by the United States, while for Tax Year 2008, 138 U.S. persons received about 3,700 requests. Those receiving requests composed about 7.9 percent of the 1,509 U.S. persons who reported operations in, with, or related to countries known to participate in unsanctioned boycotts for Tax Year 2007 and about 8.6 percent of the 1,596 reporting such operations for Tax Year 2008. Of those receiving requests, 26 agreed to participate for Tax Year 2007 and 33 for Tax Year 2008. Roughly 1 percent of those with operations in countries known to participate in unsanctioned boycotts reported tax consequences for both years. Excel Tables:


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2008 Gifts
by Melissa J. Belvedere

The gift tax is one of three parts of the Federal transfer tax system, along with the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. The gift tax is imposed on a gifts made during the donor’s lifetime, known as inter vivos gifts. Donors use Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, to report those gifts. This article presents data on gifts made during 2008. Donors filed a total of 234,714 returns for 2008, reporting a total of $40.2 billion in assets transferred to 927,554 donees, primarily children and grandchildren. Most gifts were given directly to recipients. However, family trusts were used more commonly than other vehicles. The majority of gifts given were in the form of cash, while the next most commonly used form of gift was corporate stock. Excel Tables:


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In the Next Issue
The following articles are tentatively planned for inclusion in the summer 2011 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin, scheduled to be published in August 2011:

■ Sole proprietorship returns, Tax Year 2009;
■ Interest-charge domestic sales corporations (IC-DISC), Tax Year 2008;
■ Foreign-controlled domestic corporations, Tax Year 2008;
■ Corporate foreign tax credit data, Tax Year 2007; and
■ Estate tax returns, Year-of-Death 2007


Link: Historical Tables and Appendix

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