45 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax

by Catey Hill  |  published on February 25, 2016

Many Americans don’t have to worry about giving Uncle Sam part of their hard-earned cash for their income taxes this year.

An estimated 45.3 percent of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax, according to data for the 2015 tax year from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group. (Note that this does not necessarily mean they won’t owe their states income tax.)

Roughly half pay no federal income tax because they have no taxable income, and the other roughly half get enough tax breaks to erase their tax liability, explains Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

Despite the fact that rich people paying little in the way of income taxes makes plenty of headlines, this is the exception to the rule: The top 1 percent of taxpayers pay a higher effective income tax rate than any other group (around 23 percent, according to a report released by the Tax Policy Center in 2014) — nearly seven times higher than those in the bottom 50 percent.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    well they sent all our jobs out of the country , and since oboma got elected , the ilegals are getting the jobs that are left , so let them pay the taxes, i paid my fair share the last 50 years, what good does it do to pay taxes anyways , government just hands it out to the lazy, and give it to other countries instead of spending it to fix what needs fixing right here at home ,till we get a real government again , they can go pound sand up there a**es , i sick of there b/s

  • Suzey

    The wealthy donate, too.
    There are too many in this country who expect to be taken care of, but don’t expect to give anything in return.

  • wes

    Yea. Because it belongs to us. They didn’t earn it. I did. Take it away because I deserve their money, even though I was not smart enough or take the risk with my money. I also want their shoes. And cars. Cause i am to stupid and lazy to earn it myself.

  • ehutch

    And they should pay at least seventy times more because they have many hundred of times the income of those in the bottom 50%.

  • Athanasios1

    Is this info supposed to make me feel better?

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