Home » Opinion » Editorials
It's math: The rich pay more
The notion that the rich don't pay their "fair share" in taxes got Barack Obama reelected. And it is not true, as IRS data confirm once again.
We have written before about how much "the rich" pay in federal taxes. As we noted in April: the left-leaning Tax Policy Center and the Congressional Budget Office both show that the rich pay far higher percentages of their income in federal taxes than the poor or middle class. The Congressional Budget Office divides the American public into fifths, ranked by income. The bottom fifth of Americans pays just 4 percent in total federal taxes. The remaining four-fifths, ranked in order from lowest to highest, pay these percentages: 10.6 percent, 14.3 percent, 17.4 percent and 25.1 percent. As a group, the richest Americans pay more than six times the federal tax rate that the lowest-income Americans pay.
Ah, but what about federal income taxes alone? IRS data released last week show the same trend. As reported by The Wall Street Journal on Monday, the figures show that Americans who earn between $200,000 and $500,000 pay, on average, 19.6 percent of their adjusted gross income in federal income taxes. Every income group above $500,000 pays at least 24 percent.
The average for people who make between $100,000 and $200,000 is 12 percent. For those between $50,000 and $100,000 it's 7.5 percent. For those between $30,000 and $50,000, it's 3.1 percent. Those who make less than $30,000 a year pay nothing, getting more money from Washington than they send in.
Though the math is on their side, somehow Republicans cannot figure out how to rebut the false assertion that "the rich" pay less in taxes than everyone else.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Christmas spirit: Do you have more than a homeless man? - 1
- The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama - 26
- Obama gets smoked: Castros celebrate in Havana - 35
- On naming the victim: It is Kibby's story now - 0
- After Newtown: A gun rights revival - 39
- Vermont's disaster: An Obamedy of errors - 15
- Jeb takes a dip: First Flavor of the Week - 21
- Asking about marriage: The Census should keep doing it - 3
- All lives matter: Even Al Sharpton says so - 14
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Dave D'Onfrio's Patriots Notebook: Finding a way to win - 0
- Sam Asano's Let's Invent: NoNose gets readers talking like nobody's business - 0
- Know the Law: Your trust can be named beneficiary of an IRA - 0
- Another View -- Bill O'Brien: Ask your state rep. to vote for transparency in the House - 0
- Old friends and a 'homeless angel' make for good stories anytime - 0
- Clooney gets it: Sony attack was not a 'crime' - 0
- New coats warm city kids, firefighters' hearts - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Martin, Pinkerton top Salem in tournament - 0
- Inmate reported missing from Concord transitional unit - 0
The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama
'Everybody was extremely fortunate'