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LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: A relatively new legal firm type that operates very much like a partnership, but in which every owner has limited liability. The advantage of a limited liability company, over a limited partnership, is that every owner has limited liability. It also has advantages over an S corporation in that very few restrictions exist on who can be an owner.

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AVERAGE TAX RATE: A tax rate that is the percentage of the total tax base paid in taxes. Comparable to any average, this is the total taxes collected or paid divided by the total value of the tax base. For example, if a person earns $50,000 in income and pays $5,000 in taxes, then the average income tax rate is 10 percent. The contrasting term is marginal tax rate.

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AUTOMATIC STABILIZERS

Taxes and transfer payments that depend on the level of aggregate production and income such that they automatically dampen business-cycle instability without the need for discretionary policy action. Automatic stabilizers are a form of nondiscretionary fiscal policy that do not require explicit action by the government sector to address the ups and downs of the business cycle and the problems of unemployment and inflation.

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Only 1% of the U.S. population paid income taxes when the income tax was established in 1914.
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