Federal Revenue Lost To Tax Evasion

Federal Revenue Lost To Tax Evasion

Tax evasion will cost the U.S. government $305 billion in 2010 and has cost $3 trillion over the past decade. It is a major contributor to budget deficits and the accumulation of national debt since 2001. Tax evasion also costs state treasuries billions of dollars. Every tax filer will pay an extra $2,200 in 2010 to make up for the funds lost to tax cheating. Even modest success in reducing tax evasion would free up significant new resources for spending or deficit reduction. 

This chart was originally featured in Taxes Matter: 2011, a series of infographics and writings by Demos on the need for progressive tax reform.