Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER,
Associated Press � Apr 17, 5:05 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) � Still scrambling to file
your taxes? You'll probably take little consolation in hearing that the super
rich pay a lot less taxes than they did a couple of decades ago. And nearly half
of U.S. households pay no income taxes at all.
(ap) - So why is it that the AP leads with the
Dishonest Conclusion that the Rich are Screwing everybody else, instead of
pointing out the Facts Completely in this "News" story and not trying to
Manipulate people with this Headline?... I bet that nowhere in this story will
the AP point out that the Upper 1% ("The Super Rich" as the AP calls them)
shoulder 38% of the Federal Income Tax Burden... I bet they also won't
Illustrate that an Unfortunate number of Americans not only don't pay ANY
Federal Income Tax, as they said, "nearly half", but that many of those people
EARN an Income from other Taxpayers in the form the Earned Income Tax Credit,
and a list of other Taxpayer Gifts from DemocRATS. I wonder if they will mention
that there are people who are getting $3,000 a pup that they pop out in the form
of the EITC, even if they are NOT Legal Citizens?... Let's read along and find
out. - tha malcontent)
The Internal Revenue Service tracks the tax returns with the 400 highest
adjusted gross incomes each year. The average income on those returns in 2007,
the latest year for IRS data, was nearly $345 million. Their average federal
income tax rate was 17 percent, down from 26 percent in 1992.
Over the same period, the average federal income tax rate for all taxpayers
declined to 9.3 percent from 9.9 percent.
(Yet the same Percentage of total Tax Intake by the
Fed hasn't Changed from the Respective Groups. For as long as I can Remember,
the upper 5% has been paying about half of the total Federal Income Tax Burden,
and the bottom 50% have paid nothing and or EARNED Tax Monies... More people
Moving into the Wealthy Categories?... Probably. - tha malcontent)
The top income tax rate is 35 percent, so how can people who make so much pay so
little in taxes? The nation's tax laws are packed with breaks for people at
every income level. There are breaks for having children, paying a mortgage,
going to college, and even for paying other taxes. Plus, the top rate on capital
gains is only 15 percent.
(I'd like to see what Income Tax Rate the
Millionaire DemocRATS in Congress are Paying... Or even better, what the
Millionaire President's Rate is... It should be 35%... Wanna bet he uses
loopholes to not pay his "fair share"? - tha malcontent)
There are so many breaks that 45 percent of U.S. households will pay no federal
income tax for 2010, according to estimates by the Tax Policy Center, a
Washington think tank.
(And what Party do those people Vote for mostly?...
- tha malcontent)
"It's the fact that we are using the tax code both to collect revenue, which is
its primary purpose, and to deliver these spending benefits that we run into the
situation where so many people are paying no taxes," said Roberton Williams, a
senior fellow at the center, which generated the estimate of people who pay no
The sheer volume of credits, deductions and exemptions has both Democrats and
Republicans calling for tax laws to be overhauled. House Republicans want to
eliminate breaks to pay for lower overall rates, reducing the top tax rate from
35 percent to 25 percent. Republicans oppose raising taxes, but they argue that
a more efficient tax code would increase economic activity, generating
additional tax revenue.
(Tax Cuts created more Revenue EVERY single time it
happened... From Kennedy to Reagan to (43). But the Facts are the Enemy of the
Liberal's Socialist Agenda, so... - tha malcontent)
President Barack Obama said last week he wants to do away with tax breaks to
lower the rates and to reduce government borrowing. Obama's proposal would
result in $1 trillion in tax increases over the next 12 years. Neither proposal
included many details, putting off hard choices about which tax breaks to
(How about you and your Party DECREASE SPENDING,
Barry?... Then we could make those who do NOT Pay Federal Tax on their Incomes
start Paying some... Seems "fair", doesn't it? Imagine the Revenue the Fed could
get by Requiring EVERYONE to pay taxes, and then they could also stop giving
away my Money that they take as to Feed their Constituency Base, keeping them as
Dependent and Consistently Voting for MORE as Possible. - tha malcontent)
In all, the tax code is filled with a total of $1.1 trillion in credits,
deductions and exemptions, an average of about $8,000 per taxpayer, according to
an analysis by the National Taxpayer Advocate, an independent watchdog within
More than half of the nation's tax revenue came from the top 10 percent of
earners in 2007. More than 44 percent came from the top 5 percent. Still, the
wealthy have access to much more lucrative tax breaks than people with lower
(The Top 1% Pays 38% of the Taxes and not only does
the AP FAIL to Illustrate this, they toss in a But-Monkey about the Facts they
do Share. - tha malcontent)
Obama wants the wealthy to pay so "the amount of taxes you pay isn't determined
by what kind of accountant you can afford."
(Like how Obama is most Definitely NOT paying 35% as
he should be if he was being Honest... Which he's not. I'll talk to you about
Raising my Taxes when you and your Party stop finding ways to give it to People
who didn't EARN it like it was a Gift directly from your generous and
limitlessly deep pockets... - tha malcontent)
Eric Schoenberg says to sign him up for paying higher taxes. Schoenberg, who
inherited money and has a healthy portfolio from his days as an investment
banker, has joined a group of other wealthy Americans called United for a Fair
Economy. Their goal: Raise taxes on rich people like themselves.
(White Liberal with Misplaced Guilty says what?...
"Eric Schoenberg says to sign him up for paying higher taxes..." Hey Eric!...
Nothin's stoppin' ya pal! Don't try to Enforce your Guilt Driven Idiocy on the
rest of us, mmmkay! - tha malcontent)
Schoenberg, who now teaches a business class at Columbia University, said his
income is usually "north of half a million a year." But 2009 was a bad year for
investments, so his income dropped to a little over $200,000. His federal income
tax bill was a little more than $2,000.
(He made $200,000 and paid $2,000?... I'm not even
going to tell you what I paid on FAR less... Disgusting, and he should be
Audited. - tha malcontent)
"I simply point out to people, `Do you think this is reasonable, that somebody
in my circumstances should only be paying 1 percent of their income in tax?'"
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee,
said he has a solution for rich people who want to pay more in taxes: Write a
check to the IRS. There's nothing stopping you.
"There's still time before the filing deadline for them to give Uncle Sam some
more money," Hatch said.
Schoenberg said Hatch's suggestion misses the point.
(Oh no, Guilty White Liberal, it is YOU who is
missing the point... And I Sincerely Believe you should be Audited... 1% on
$200,000?... - tha malcontent)
"This voluntary idea clearly represents a mindset that basically pretends
there's no such things as collective goods that we produce," Schoenberg said.
"Are you going to let people volunteer to build the road system? Are you going
to let them volunteer to pay for education?"
The law is packed with tax breaks that help narrow special interests. But many
of the biggest tax breaks benefit millions of American families at just about
every income level, making them difficult for politicians to touch.
The vast majority of those who escape federal income taxes have low and medium
incomes, and most of them pay other taxes, including Social Security and
Medicare taxes, property taxes and retail sales taxes.
(And EVERYBODY pays those other Taxes, AP... Along
with the Federal Income Tax which 50% of Americans, almost EXCLUSIVELY those who
Vote for DemocRATS, do not, so that it continues. - tha malcontent)
The share of people paying no federal income tax has dropped slightly the past
two years. It was 47 percent for 2009. The main difference for 2010 was the
expiration of a tax break that exempted the first $2,400 of unemployment
benefits from taxation, Williams said.
(While 1% pay 38%... If you agree with this, you are
part of the Problem. This can NOT Sustain itself. - tha malcontent)
In 2009, nearly 35 million taxpayers got a tax break for paying interest on
their home mortgages, and nearly 36 million taxpayers took the $1,000-per-child
tax credit. About 41 million households reduced their federal income taxes by
deducting state and local income and sales taxes from their taxable income.
(How many got FREE Money... People who paid NO
Federal Income Tax, instead got a check from the Fed?... Can I have that number,
AP? - tha malcontent)
About 36 million families cut their taxes by nearly $35 billion by deducting
charitable donations, and 28 million taxpayers saved a total of $24 billion
because their income from Social Security and railroad pensions was untaxed.
(Income from Social Security... "Income"... You get
that take from your check, and when you get it back, the Left sees it as
Income... Give it some Thought. - tha malcontent)
"As a matter of policy, there would be a lot of ways to save money and actually
make these things work better," said Leonard Burman, a public affairs professor
at Syracuse University. "As a matter of politics, it's really, really
(Of course it is... The DemocRATS wouldn't Exist as
a Party without these Giveaways of other People's Money... And the AP will
Cheerlead for them EVERY single time the GOP Proposes to fix this problem. - tha
Tax Policy Center:
(^Moderate and Reasonable look at Tax Policy... The
AP's idea of Rightwing, I'm sure... - tha malcontent)
National Taxpayer Advocate:
United for a Fair Economy:
(^Screaming Socialist site... Take a look at both
and you'll see... The IRS is what it is. - tha malcontent)
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