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Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin - Spring 2013 (entire publication in PDF)
High-Income Tax Returns for 2010
By Justin Bryan
For 2010, there were 4,296,307 individual income tax returns reporting adjusted gross income (AGI) of $200,000 or more, and 4,347,756 with expanded incomes of $200,000 or more. These returns represent, respectively, 3.007 percent and 3.043 percent of all returns for the year. Based on expanded income and measured in current-year dollars, the number of high-income returns for 2010 was 64.3 times the number for 1977. When measured in 1976 constant dollars, the number of high-income returns was only 7.4 times the number for 1977. In constant dollars, the share of high-expanded income income returns rose to 0.304 percent from 0.273 percent in 2009.
Related Link: High Income Tax Returns
Sale of Capital Assets, 2008–2009
By Pearson Liddell and Janette Wilson
Of the 142.9 million individual tax returns filed in tax year 2010, 84.5 million (or 59.1 percent) were classified as taxable returns or returns with a total income tax greater than $0. Adjusted gross income (AGI) for taxable returns was nearly $7.25 trillion, and total income tax was $952 billion.
Municipal Bonds, 2010
By Aaron Barnes
In 2010, State and local governments raised $556.9 billion from municipal bonds. Tax-exempt bond proceeds totaled $420.7 billion, or 75.5 percent, of all bond proceeds during the year, while proceeds from tax credit bonds totaled almost $1.1 billion and accounted for 0.2 percent. Some 24.3 percent of all municipal bond proceeds came from the recently introduced direct payment bonds and totaled more than $135.1 billion.
Related Link: Tax-Exempt Bond Statistics
Federal Estate Tax Returns Filed for Nonresident Aliens, 2009–2011
By Melissa J. Belvedere
The estate tax is one part of the Federal transfer tax system, which also includes the gift tax and the generation-skipping tax. This tax is a tax on the right to transfer property at death, and applies to both tangible and intangible assets. The estates of nonresident aliens holding more than $60,000 in U.S. assets at their time of death are required to file Form 706-NA, United States Estate (and generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, Estate of nonresident not a citizen of the United States.
Related Link: Nonresident Alien Estate Tax Returns
International Boycott Reports, 2009–2010
By Melissa Costa
About 8 percent of the U.S. taxpayers reporting operations in countries known to participate in an unsanctioned international boycott received boycott requests for Tax Year 2009, while fewer than 6 percent received boycott requests for Tax Year 2010. For both years, more of these requests came from persons in the United Arab Emirates than from any other country. Overall, the number of requests decreased by nearly 10 percent, while requests from entities in Yemen dropped by almost 58 percent. Less than 1 percent of taxpayers who had operations in countries known to participate in boycotts not sanctioned by the U.S. agreed to participate in such a boycott in 2009 and 2010, and less than 20 U.S. persons lost tax benefits for each year.
Related Link: International Boycott Report Statistics
In the Next Issue
Articles on the following topics are tentatively planned for inclusion in the Summer 2013 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin, scheduled to be published in August 2013:
- Sole proprietorships, Tax Year 2011;
- Foreign-controlled domestic corporations, Tax Year 2010;
- Corporate foreign tax credit data, Tax Year 2009;
- Fiduciary income tax returns, Tax Years 2002-2009;
- Foreign person’ U.S. source income subject to withholding, 2010;
- Unrelated business income tax returns, 2009; and
- Empowerment zone and renewal community employment credits, 1998–2010.
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