Newt's famously grandiose comparisons to historical figures paint him as an exceptional human being, and when it comes to both earnings and taxes, there is no room for debate: He really is.
Gingrich's income is firmly within the top 0.1% of all earners. In 2011, the cut-off for the top 0.1% of households was $2.9 million, a few hundred thousand dollars below the Gingriches' joint filing. But a 31 percent effective tax rate is similarly exceptional. No surprise there, since Gingrich belongs to the group with the highest average effective tax rate: Those earning between $2 million and $5 million. After that, ETR slides a bit as investment income (which is taxed at a lower rate) makes up more and more of average total income.
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