Ten Miles Square


August 07, 2012 8:42 AM O, Ye’ll Take the High Road

By James Wimberley

Following by Keith Humphreys’s eirenic suggestion about how Obama should play the candidate tax issue in a high-minded way, I’ve made an instructive little table comparing the federal income taxes of the Obama and Romney households since 2000.

Corrections welcome. [2007 corrected already, thanks to commenters!] I’ll update it if necessary. Spreadsheet here with sources. Feel free to reuse without acknowledgement (the data are in the public domain and the processing trivial), and improve the graphics. (My software won’t generate good resolution in jpg format.) However, in this case – and contrary to normal good visual practice – I think it’s important to keep the precise numbers.

The Biden table can readily be prepared when he has an opposite number, who will presumably follow his leader’s model of non-disclosure.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

James Wimberley was head of the mutual assistance section of the department of education for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and secretary to the Council’s higher education and research committee. He is retired.


  • Crissa on August 09, 2012 5:40 AM:

    We paid about the same rate (±1%) as Romney with our $100K earned income in our household.

    I'm pretty sure if you counted payroll taxes, we paid much, much more. (Firstly because same-sex couples have to pay taxes on their health benefits).

  • Lynda on August 31, 2012 2:06 AM:

    I think Romney's single year tax that he reported was 2010 not 2011. He asked for an extension for last year's tax.