A regressive tax represents different types of taxes that are applied uniformly to the society and are quite likely to have a higher burden on low-income earners than higher-income individuals.
Sales tax is one of the classic examples of regressive taxes. Consider two individuals with annual income or $30,000 and $50,000, respectively. If they both pay up to $750 in sales taxes, the lower income individual is taxed at 2.5% whereas the latter is taxed at 1.5% only.
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