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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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  • hari 2012/04/10 10:32:12
    None of the above
    hari
    +2
    every one who works legitimate on clear cut record pay taxes
  • Tuna hari 2012/04/10 11:19:12
    Tuna
    +1
    Some work under the table, pay no taxes; alot of them get government money to start with so it's a double whammy. They don't pay in but take out of the system. The moochers are many, many, many, many.
  • hari Tuna 2012/04/11 07:40:56
    hari
    yes that is true and no can help
  • George 2012/04/10 10:17:07
    None of the above
    George
    +2
    The fact is is you live and breath in America youre gonna pay somekind of a tax. Whether it be local, state or Federal you simply cant avoid it. The other undisputable fact is, the more you make, the more you pay, maybe not the way the Dems would like to look at it in the way of percentage of what you make, but is the actual amount. When you got more the number you pay is gonna be higher than the guy who pays less. No one can argue that. But the point is this from my point of view. Why should ANYBODY be penalized with a higher rate somply because they are fortunate enough to make more. Sacrifice went into most people lives who are fortunate enough to make more. I shold pay more of a percentage because I studied, risked, worked harder, saved more, what ever than the guy who didnt? How about the govt spend less and be more accountable so no one has to pay so much damned money into such a corrupt system? Rich or poor!
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/04/10 09:34:49
    Republicans, Again twisted the facts.
    Lady Whitewolf
    +3
    Everyone who works pays taxes!
  • Jay Theyme 2012/04/10 07:20:07
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    Jay Theyme
    +2
    This was never some kind of official statement by anyone but certainly a lot of pundits, radio hosts and politicians brought this up.
    It was always in the context of federal income tax. It wasn't talking about tax on a pack of cigarettes. Federal Income Tax.
    This rant is actually a great example of liberal-progressive types twisting facts, playing games and trying to manipulate what was a fairly plain statement into confusing twists and using words like 'MYTH' and "LIES' etc.
  • AL 2012/04/10 06:13:22
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    AL
    Not if they're getting more back at the end of the year, then they paid all year long!
  • rknothead 2012/04/10 04:53:00
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    rknothead
    +1
    all you have to do is look around to see that was a totally false number to gain support for the Dems class warfare they are trying to stir up.
  • Wizard 2012/04/10 04:31:56
    None of the above
    Wizard
    +1
    I would like to mention...we would all pay taxes if there was a national sales tax, and reduce the income tax.
  • 3052457 Wizard 2012/04/10 05:31:05
  • Wizard 3052457 2012/04/10 05:39:08
    Wizard
    +2
    A national sales tax would also collect taxes from visiting foreigners.
  • 3052457 Wizard 2012/04/10 06:23:48
  • ed Wizard 2012/04/10 08:55:20
    ed
    now I like that idea
  • Tuna Wizard 2012/04/10 11:21:38
    Tuna
    That national sales tax sends a check each month to the same moochers to help them pay their taxes on neccessities like food, medicine, etc. So in fact, they still pay no taxes; that's the modern day slavery, instead of sharecropping they VOTE.
  • Country Gentleman 2012/04/10 04:16:15
    None of the above
    Country Gentleman
    Note that the rate that people do not pay income tax varies between 38 and 72 percent. Averages out to about 52% pay no income tax.

    "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 next argument says,

    "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."

    Who said they paid no taxes? This is a redirection from the point that more than half of eligible taxpayers pay no income tax.

    I wish I had time, as a lower middle income family, to explain how may taxes I pay in addition to income tax.
  • lcky9 2012/04/10 03:46:19
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    lcky9
    +1
    I KNOW personally WAY to many people who DON'T pay in taxes and actually get more money than they paid in during the year back..
  • Sinpac lcky9 2012/04/10 03:53:38
    Sinpac
    +4
    yeah they are called the 1%ers
  • Lady Wh... Sinpac 2012/04/10 09:35:33
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    B I N G O !!!!
  • Defend ... Sinpac 2012/04/10 10:35:48
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    no that is the LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE ELITE with offshore bank accounts like nancy peloxi
  • lcky9 Sinpac 2012/04/12 02:32:46
    lcky9
    UH NO they are actually at the other end of the scale.. they know JUST how many hours they can work and STILL qualify for handouts.. and EARNED INCOME CREDIT.. they live better than the 1% they only work THROW AWAY jobs.. BTW.. I don't KNOW any 1%ers..
  • tlee lcky9 2012/04/10 06:03:04
    tlee
    Zero liability voters is a good description of them.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/04/10 03:16:51
  • Lady Wh... POWERSH... 2012/04/10 09:35:50
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Can't disagree....
  • Proggy 2012/04/10 03:10:55
  • Lady Wh... Proggy 2012/04/10 09:36:05
    Lady Whitewolf
    +3
    agreed!
  • Defend ... Proggy 2012/04/10 10:36:48
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    more hoax and chains from the Terrorist Obama Regime
    the gop is liberal progressive like the dnc
  • Proggy Defend ... 2012/04/10 23:14:47
    Proggy
    +1
    Alright, enough of you! Time to get out the strong stuff!

    TROLL B GONE
  • Defend ... Proggy 2012/04/11 00:31:41
    Defend Western Civlization
    how liberal progressive obama backer of you
  • charles_1 2012/04/10 02:55:50
    Democrats, Again Twisted the facts
    charles_1
  • Sinpac charles_1 2012/04/10 02:59:43
  • Proggy charles_1 2012/04/10 03:08:44
    Proggy
    +5
    Wow, the Heritage Foundation, now there's a non partisan source.
  • charles_1 Proggy 2012/04/11 22:15:36
    charles_1
    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is hardly impartial. And the writer of this question is quoting things from the Tax Policy Center and drawing a completely WRONG conclusion. Frankly what he says above is just a plain lie. Click on the Tax Policy link and read the whole page and look at the chart. While it is true that 47% of single filers paid no taxes, the writer blatantly ignored the GIANT chart that shows 46.9% of ALL TAX UNITS PAID NO TAXES. That is where the 47% claim came from. Not the single filers number.

    Here's the chart since I know your too lazy to click the link and read a page.
    Tax47percentpaidnothingornegative

    The sinpac dude posting this question is just making crap up. His own references prove him wrong.
  • Proggy charles_1 2012/04/12 00:30:38
  • charles_1 Proggy 2012/04/12 03:59:14
    charles_1
    Then you should know the first part of this question is wrong. When he says "The 47% statistic is not all Americans pay no taxes, but single filers who will pay no federal income taxes. " That is an incorrect statement. The correct statement is that "47% of income tax filers pay no federal income tax." That is the statement used in the media and it is a correct statement.

    The statistic is about federal income tax. Everyone knows people pay sales taxes where they are implemented, and other state and local taxes. That is a diversion from the discussion about income taxes.

    He gets 86% from this quote:"Many shelled out Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. In fact, only 14 percent of Americans didn’t pay either income or payroll taxes."

    This quote is plainly wrong on it's face and his calculation is deeply flawed. He takes 100-14 and gets 86 and declares 86% of Americans pay taxes.

    First this number is the number of "Americans" that paid "Income or payroll taxes" In other words social security or medicare. And second it is wrong anyway. Approximately 25% of Americans are children under 17. They overwhelmingly pay no income or payroll taxes at all. They overwhelmingly do not have jobs. I'm sure they mean 14% of tax units. But that is not what they said. If he's going to pick on people for wording he should get his own right.
  • Proggy charles_1 2012/04/12 04:07:15 (edited)
    Proggy
    +1
    Fair enough, could've been worded better. But I knew what he was getting at.
  • Sinpac Proggy 2012/04/11 22:57:08
    Sinpac
    +2
    Isn't that the Foundation Rush Limbaugh is in bed with?
  • Proggy Sinpac 2012/04/12 00:32:20
    Proggy
    +2
    Yep, and by all the bitching and whining they both do it's evident neither will ever be satisfied as a result.
  • charles_1 Proggy 2012/04/17 22:00:00
    charles_1
    In the news today. The number today is 41% of tax returns filed paid no taxes.

    "According to statistics compiled from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the Tax Foundation, those people making above $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, and carried 93.3 percent of the total tax burden."

    "Out of the 143 million tax returns that were filed with the IRS in 2010, 58 million – or 41 percent – of those filers were non-payers."

    "In other words, only 85 million actually paid taxes."

    So 59% of the tax returns paid 93.3% of the income taxes.

    "But Tax Foundation data also shows that people who didn’t pay any income tax received $105 billion in refundable tax credits from the IRS."

    So the average non-income-tax paying person got $1,810 back (negative taxes).

    http://cnsnews.com/news/artic...
  • Sinpac charles_1 2012/04/17 23:09:35
    Sinpac
    CNSNews.com relies on individuals like you to help us report the news the liberal media distort and ignore. Please make a tax-deductible gift to CNSNews.com today. Yes is is a non-bias site! Nice try charles~!
  • charles_1 Sinpac 2012/04/18 00:25:23
    charles_1
    You know whatever...

    Try this then

    http://www.taxpolicycenter.or...

    They say it's 46.4% this year.

    Or try

    http://www.northwestohio.com/...

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com...

    The IRS data book is here, feel free to download it and check the values yourself.

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-so...

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