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It’s A Myth That 47% Of Americans Pay No Taxes, In Truth 86% Pay Taxes

Sinpac 2012/04/09 20:08:41
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Well here it is, The 47% is just more spin.

The truth is that the talking point that half of all Americans pay no
taxes is a misrepresentation. Here is the full quote from the Tax Policy Center,



The fraction of tax units paying no income tax varies widely by filing
status and type of unit. About 47 percent of single filers will owe no
tax, compared with 38 percent of joint filers and 72 percent of heads of
household. More than half of elderly tax units and tax units with
children will pay no income tax this year.


The 47% statistic is not all Americans pay no taxes, but single filers who will pay no federal income taxes. According to the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities the real reason why 47%-51% of Americans paid no federal income taxes in 2009 is,


The 51 percent figure is an anomaly that reflects the
unique circumstances of 2009, when the recession greatly swelled the
number of Americans with low incomes and when temporary tax cuts created
by the 2009 Recovery Act — including the “Making Work Pay” tax credit
and an exclusion from tax of the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits —
were in effect. Together, these developments removed millions of
Americans from the federal income tax rolls. Both of these temporary tax
measures have since expired.


The combination of the recession and the Obama stimulus cut taxes to
low and middle income Americans led to fewer Americans owing federal
income tax in 2009.








The Tax Policy Center has tried to correct Fox News and the right wing media’s misuse of their research. In April 2010, Howard Glickman of the TPC wrote,



Let me explain—repeat actually—what this means: About half of taxpayers
paid no federal income tax last year. It does not mean they paid no tax
at all. Many shelled out Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. In
fact, only 14 percent of Americans didn’t pay either income or payroll
taxes. Some paid property taxes and, it is fair to say, just about all
of them paid sales taxes of one kind or another. So to say they pay no
taxes is flat wrong.


However, this class warfare-like rhetoric plays to a perception that
the income tax is a chump tax: Only hard-working folks like us pay it.
The welfare queens don’t. The super-rich don’t. It is a powerful
emotional argument. It is also flat wrong.


The actual number of Americans who don’t pay any taxes isn’t half,
but 14%. This group of non-taxpayers of any kind is largely composed of
the elderly and disabled. The people who don’t pay taxes do so because
they can’t work.


The myth that the wealthy are carrying the tax burden for America is
used to justify tax cuts for the rich. Conservatives use the inaccurate
statistic hand in hand with their, “wealthy are the job creators
argument.” One statistic that was intended to demonstrate the loss of
income due to the recession, along with the impact of the Obama tax cuts
has been distorted and misused to justify a policy of not asking the
wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.


The truth is that 86% of Americans pay taxes. In one recession
strapped year (2009), less than half of single filer taxpayers paid
federal income taxes.


Millions of Americans are not being told the truth that almost 90% of
us pay taxes, and that much of the reason why there were fewer people
paying federal income taxes in 2009 was that Barack Obama signed the largest tax cut in US history.


Since the truth undercuts the conservative’s reverse Robin Hood steal
from the poor to give to the rich policy, they are going to do their
best to keep the facts buried under a mountain of misinformation.


Anytime anyone tells you that half of Americans paid no taxes, do
your country a favor and straighten them out. We have the facts. It’s
time to tear down this talking point.

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  • Sgt Major B 2012/04/09 20:19:42
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    Sgt Major B
    +19
    "The 47% statistic is not all Americans pay no taxes, but single filers who will pay no federal income taxes." Your source's quote, not mine.

    Income tax is what we're talking about. You're not going to beat sales taxes, excise taxes, or FICA taxes. Quit trying to spin it. The remedial reading classes are available at you local high school.

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  • Contarded Guru Chickenhawk 2012/04/12 18:49:52
  • BetaMaxevony 2012/04/12 05:28:39
    None of the above
    BetaMaxevony
    If you received a refund for more than the amount that was withheld from your pay, then you did not pay taxes.
  • Savious 2012/04/10 17:34:25
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    Savious
    //quote//
    Let me explain—repeat actually—what this means: About half of taxpayers
    paid no federal income tax last year. It does not mean they paid no tax
    at all.
    //quote//

    Seems that since they were talking abouta fed taxes; this article just confirms their point.
  • stevmackey 2012/04/10 16:54:31
    None of the above
    stevmackey
    +1
    Obama never tells the truth. Just like the media he bends facts for convenience.
  • Texas Johnny 2012/04/10 16:38:13
    None of the above
    Texas Johnny
    +1
    The income tax is the topic. Many of us pay hidden taxes in everything we buy and buying things is as regular as rain, so it is a steady supply of money. Many Americans still pay no income tax and that by and of itself is the main complaint of those Americans, me included who pay them.
  • SW 2012/04/10 16:33:29
    Republicans, Again twisted the facts.
    SW
    +4
    But the whole Republitard argument that those with no money should pay more taxes so rich people can pay less (which is the crap they're trying to sell us)... that poor billionaires are unjustly being overtaxed by a system that's so unfair to them (waaah!) and regular working people should somehow pay more of their zero disposible income...is ridiculous.

    The rich pay more of the taxes because they have ALL of the money. When the top 4% tax bracket was higher in the 50s and 60s --- they actually paid LESS of the taxes because the top 1% didn't own so much of the wealth. We're starting to look like a serfdom with just a few people owning everything and the rest of us peasants just getting by and now told we should pay more because those poor rich people are paying too much of the taxes.

    Conservitves have you convinced that somehow all our problems would go away if only rich people didn't have to pay taxes. It's amazing I guess they could sell some people ANYTHING. Conservatism is a mental disorder. It makes you think freedom is slavery. 1+1=3 and this "poor people pay no taxes" bs.
  • Lady Wh... SW 2012/04/10 18:36:03
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    Your first paraagraph said it all... I liked the "Wahhh" part!
  • Texas J... SW 2012/04/11 03:16:10
    Texas Johnny
    +1
    I am no one's stooge sir. When the IRS data out that 95% of income taxes are paid by roughly 50% of Americans is not fair. If you earn 27.5 K or higher as a single earner, you are in that 50%. I have never got a job from a poor man in my entire life!
  • Wayne 2012/04/10 15:53:35
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    Wayne
    Democrats live in an alternate universe called the twilight zone which has no connection to reality.
  • Eric 2012/04/10 15:12:58
    None of the above
    Eric
    +4
    I would think that 100% paid taxes, if you include property taxes, sales taxes, alcohol taxes, excise taxes, etc.
    But most of us understood that the 47% figure was simply referring to federal income tax and not any of the other taxes.
    It is sad that Social Security and Medicare contributions are now being advertised as taxes. FICA stands for Federal Insurance Contribution Act. Until recently (the last 3 years) the idea was that individuals paid into these programs and then received money back when they were older. Therefore, SS and Medicare were "entitlements" that we individually paid for. Now the media is trying to call these taxes and playing some class warfare card.
  • Ali ~ I... Eric 2012/04/10 15:49:24
    Ali ~ In My Heart I Trust ~
    +3
    Eric, that's almost too intelligent a response for this site. Yes, we have - if we're among the people who work - paid into Social Security and Medicare. I loathe that both programs are being spun into taxes and tossed into the arena for potential destruction.
  • Alleycat 2012/04/10 13:34:20
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    Alleycat
    +1
    "47% will pay no federal income tax"

    http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/...

    No myth, pure fact dumba$$, save the propaganda for the useful idiots like you who wish to distort...
  • Lanikai Alleycat 2012/04/10 15:43:50
    Lanikai
    +1
    Yes, and that piece fails to mention that the "owed" bracket is being used PRIOR to the "earned income tax credit" which rewards the slaggards with a BONUS of a return on monies they never paid in.
  • Alleycat Lanikai 2012/04/10 17:55:48
    Alleycat
    +1
    Yet another welfare system built right into the tax code. What do these people think is going to happen when they run out of other people's money?
  • Lanikai Alleycat 2012/04/10 18:33:48
    Lanikai
    I suspect they will begin breaking into OUR homes to steal more of OUR stuff.
  • Alleycat Lanikai 2012/04/10 19:09:42
    Alleycat
    +1
    If these liberal idiots collaspe our dollar that could become a very real scenario...
  • 001 2012/04/10 13:17:24
    None of the above
    001
    +3
    Maybe the Government misses out on 47% of tax money because there are lots of rich people among the ones who don't pay.
  • Dan 2012/04/10 12:41:26
    None of the above
    Dan
    +1
    If we simplify the issue by talking about fed income tax only for one year then it seems easier to unerstand the numbers. When we start factoring in things like a changing economy from year to year and state taxes (income, sales, usage etc) it gets much more complicated because state rates vary greatly. With this and the insane tax code we have mass confusion and fact twisting is inevitable. We need to greatly simplify the tax system so both sides have no fuel left for this apples vs oranges arguement.
  • tom C 2012/04/10 12:29:11
    None of the above
    tom  C
    you bring in medicare and social security and call it tax.....apple and oranges
    The world knows your scam....47% pay no INCOME tax...INCOME TAX is NOT social security and medicare,,,
    As far as 2009 being an unsusal year for taxes NOT AT ALL...the percentages change about 1% to 2%...

    http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics...
  • Tully tom C 2012/04/10 12:43:27
    Tully
    +1
    so medicare and social security doesn't come from income?

    The poor pay an equal proportion (sometimes more) of there income in various taxes than the super wealthy.
  • tom C Tully 2012/04/10 12:53:45 (edited)
    tom  C
    +1
    it is NOT income tax that you file on your fedral income tax return...
    and that is what where the 47% comes from in this topic....fedral income tax returns...
    so I thought we might stay on topic...

    sure ..everyone that works pays medicare and social security,,,except for those special deals that were cut for congressmen and teachers..
  • All American 2012/04/10 11:51:53
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    All American
    +1
    Liberals never deal straight on any front. It's federal income taxes that 47% don't pay, not taxes in general. Got that, Libby?
  • Tully All Ame... 2012/04/10 12:45:24
    Tully
    +2
    So you're saying, charge the poor with income tax? You do know the average income earner pays a higher percantage than anyone in the top 1% based on what they have to spend and on what's deducted.
  • All Ame... Tully 2012/04/10 12:55:14
    All American
    +1
    They pay on the same tax scale on wages and salary as you, me and everyone else, including Warren Buffet and his secretary. On capital gains and dividends, all pay at the same rate as Warren Buffet, including his secretary.
  • Latti I... All Ame... 2012/04/12 18:51:21
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    Warren Buffet, GM, and other companies who go through loopholes actually don't. They are able to move their money where deductions aren't taken out and tax codes not applied.
  • All Ame... Latti I... 2012/04/12 20:50:32
    All American
    Yeah, and people who own homes get the mortgage rate deduction while those who rent don't. That's not fair. So let's eliminate the mortgage deduction so the renters can feel better about themselves.
  • Latti I... All Ame... 2012/04/12 20:55:37
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    Apples and oranges, not the same thing. Small business pay the full scope of the tax code, while many big corporations don't. It isn't about feeling good about yourself, but holding everyone to the same rules. My uncle owns his own business and home. He has to pay the full tax burden and his employees. Someone who makes billions should be held to the same standard.
  • All Ame... Latti I... 2012/04/12 20:58:20
    All American
    The tax rates are available to all, you just have to put yourself in a position to take advantage of them. Kinda like the Homeowners and the renters.
  • Latti I... All Ame... 2012/04/12 20:59:17
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    "The tax rates are available to all, you just have to put yourself in a position to take advantage of them. Kinda like the Homeowners and the renters."

    Loopholes.
  • All Ame... Latti I... 2012/04/12 21:29:17
    All American
    Loopholes are good, take advantage of them. :-)
  • darthtbone 2012/04/10 11:45:34
    None of the above
    darthtbone
    The truth is that both sides twist the facts. Just as Democrats spout the 1% BS.

    If the person speaking is a member of Congress, the Executive, a PAC, or the media, they are in the pocket or working for their own self interest.

    Barack Obama, goes on about how the 1% need to pay their fair share, and directs this at "Big Oil" meanwhile, GE actually gets billions of dollars in tax refunds. Why does Obama NOT harp on that? GE owns NBC which has been a very effective propaganda operation for him.

    A sane tax policy would be:

    0% for $0 - $25,000 ($50,000 married)
    20% for the rest
    No deductions, no exemptions, no credits.
    If the government can't make ends meet with that, then something has got to go.

    This will never happen though, government is too corrupt.

    The solution to this would be the following:

    1) Get rid of the lobbyists, there is absolutely no need for them. The idea behind lobbyists is someone to represent a group of people to address government for you. We now have Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. ALL lobbyists are the evil special interests. If there is any group (NAACP, NRA, etc.) you think is not "special interest" then they are you're special interest.

    2) If a person's ass has warmed a chair in Congress, The White House, The Office of Dog Catcher, each e...
    The truth is that both sides twist the facts. Just as Democrats spout the 1% BS.

    If the person speaking is a member of Congress, the Executive, a PAC, or the media, they are in the pocket or working for their own self interest.

    Barack Obama, goes on about how the 1% need to pay their fair share, and directs this at "Big Oil" meanwhile, GE actually gets billions of dollars in tax refunds. Why does Obama NOT harp on that? GE owns NBC which has been a very effective propaganda operation for him.

    A sane tax policy would be:

    0% for $0 - $25,000 ($50,000 married)
    20% for the rest
    No deductions, no exemptions, no credits.
    If the government can't make ends meet with that, then something has got to go.

    This will never happen though, government is too corrupt.

    The solution to this would be the following:

    1) Get rid of the lobbyists, there is absolutely no need for them. The idea behind lobbyists is someone to represent a group of people to address government for you. We now have Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. ALL lobbyists are the evil special interests. If there is any group (NAACP, NRA, etc.) you think is not "special interest" then they are you're special interest.

    2) If a person's ass has warmed a chair in Congress, The White House, The Office of Dog Catcher, each election they are tossed out. There will never be law passed to make this happen. It is up to us. Vote for the incumbent's primary challenger. Then vote for whoever in the general election. If incumbent has no primary challenger, they've got to go in the general.
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  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/04/10 11:26:28
    None of the above
    Rusty Shackleford
    +4
    Why don't 100% pay taxes. Wouldn't that be fair?
  • Tully Rusty S... 2012/04/10 14:42:06
    Tully
    +3
    100% does pay taxes. Did you not read the article?
    The working poor pay a higher percentage of their income to taxes of all sorts than anyone in the top 5%.
  • Rusty S... Tully 2012/04/10 14:44:25
    Rusty Shackleford
    Do you prefer these hidden taxes and loopholes to a flat tax where everyone pays the same tax rate?
  • Tully Rusty S... 2012/04/10 15:05:19
    Tully
    +3
    Not at all. I love the idea of the flat tax.
  • Lady Wh... Tully 2012/04/10 18:37:08
    Lady Whitewolf
    agreed
  • Don 2012/04/10 11:24:30
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    Don
    +1
    http://dmarron.com/2011/07/27...
    Here you go.
    Don't let the facts get in the way of your liberal rant.
  • Tuna 2012/04/10 11:16:31
    None of the above
    Tuna
    +5
    WRONG !!! 10%-20% of the work force is unemployed; 10%-20% earn too little after getting their standard deductions, working poor; 10%-20% are retired and pay no taxes. Then there are the corporate donors like G.E., Microsoft, and Sysco that are relieved of their tax bill in exchange for donations.
    . pay no taxes
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2012/04/10 11:00:36
  • Tuna Chris -... 2012/04/10 11:17:20
    Tuna
    +3
    You think right; this is more redistribution diatribe.
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