Paul Ryan Releases Tax Returns

by InvestorPlace Staff | August 20, 2012 9:46 am

[1]Not long after the Mitt Romney and Barack Obama camps sparred over the release of more of Romney’s tax returns[2], Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan released his own tax returns[3].

These returns reveal that Ryan paid a higher effective tax rate on his income than Romney did over those two years. In 2010, Ryan paid an effective rate of 15.9%, earning $215,417 and paying $34,233 in taxes. In 2011, Ryan’s rate rose to 20%, with taxes of $64,7664 on income of $323,416.

Romney, by comparison, paid a 13.9% tax rate in 2010 and expected to pay a 15.4% rate in 2011. In 2010, Romney and his wife reported $21.7 million in income. In 2011, the Romneys earned $20.9 million.

According to financial disclosure reports released to Congress, Ryan has assets worth between $2 million and $7.7 million. Perhaps it’s not surprising, but less than half of Ryan’s income came from his congressional salary of $153,359. The remainder is made up by investments[4], trusts, royalties, and property he owns.

According to an income calculator[5] on theWall Street Journal’s web site, Ryan’s 2011 income puts him in the top 3% of all Americans. Not surprisingly, Romney’s $20.9 million income in 2011 put him in the top 0.1% of all Americans.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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