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2 of 4   The Forbes Tax Misery Index
Jack Anderson 03.20.08, 5:00 PM ET
Forbes Magazine dated April 07, 2008

2008 Tax Misery & Reform Index
The misery score is the sum of the taxes shown in the colored bars, at the highest marginal percentage in each locale. It is our best proxy for evaluating whether policy attracts or repels capital and talent. The countries at the top of the chart impose the harshest taxes while those at the bottom are the most tax friendly. The Reform column reflects a reduction in misery (a negative number highlighted in red) or an increase in misery since we began tracking. In most of the world local governments are usually funded from property taxes, which aren't part of the Misery Index.
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Posted by MoneyMom | 04/16/08 12:43 PM EDT
I think the real flaw with this story is that it doesn't take into consideration what citizens of more "miserable" countries are getting for their tax dollars: free healthcare, subsidized child care [More]

Posted by fiscal_conservative | 04/13/08 10:56 PM EDT
I believe there is an error in the text accompanying the "Tax Burden & Spending" chart, or the chart itself. The text states that the chart "...includes as well overall government spending at all [More]

Posted by fiscal_conservative | 04/13/08 09:57 PM EDT
The index is somewhat flawed, in that it doesn't take "deferred taxes" into account. The US is rapidly forcing itself into a corner with it's reckless "borrow and spend" government's policies. O [More]

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