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Chart of the Week: Nearly Half of All Americans Don’t Pay Income Taxes

Posted By yihan On February 22, 2012 @ 9:06 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Rob Bluey
The Foundry [1]
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This year’s Index of Dependence on Government presented startling findings about the sharp increase of Americans who rely on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance. (See last week’s chart.)

Another eye-popping number was the percentage of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, which now accounts for nearly half of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, most of that population receives generous federal benefits.

“One of the most worrying trends in the Index is the coinciding growth in the non-taxpaying public,” wrote Heritage authors Bill Beach and Patrick Tyrrell. “The percentage of people who do not pay federal income taxes, and who are not claimed as dependents by someone who does pay them, jumped from 14.8 percent in 1984 to 49.5 percent in 2009.”

That means 151.7 million Americans paid nothing in 2009. By comparison, 34.8 million tax filers paid no taxes in 1984.

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[1] The Foundry: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/19/chart-of-the-week-nearly-half-of-all-americans-dont-pay-income-taxes/

[2] More Than Half of Americans Say Federal Taxes Too High: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-than-half-of-americans-say-federal-taxes-too-high.html

[3] Obamas Paid 20.4% in Taxes on $481,098 of Income in 2013: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamas-paid-20-4-in-taxes-on-481098-of-income-in-2013.html

[4] Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income: paper: http://www.prisonplanet.com/taxes-on-some-wealthy-french-top-100-pct-of-income-paper.html

[5] $100K-Plus Earners Pay 72% of Federal Income Taxes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/100k-plus-earners-pay-72-of-federal-income-taxes.html

[6] Middle Class–Not the Rich or the Poor–Pay Majority of Federal Taxes, Says CBO Data: http://www.prisonplanet.com/middle-class-not-the-rich-or-the-poor-pay-majority-of-federal-taxes-says-cbo-data.html

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