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Which of the following taxes represent the largest source of income for the Federal government?

  • Sales Tax (15% people answered this)
  • Payroll Tax (18% people answered this)
  • Individual Income Tax (66% people answered this)

280 people answered.


Correct answer is: Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax represents the largest source of revenue for the U.S. government, followed by the payroll tax.


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