A regressive tax is one that forces the poor to pay a greater portion of their income than the rich. While this may not be fair, it is all too common, because the rich tend to have political power, while the poor mostly have two mortgages and some Kraft dinner. If you had a tax where everyone paid $100 regardless of income, that would be regressive. Contrast progressive tax.

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