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New Report Shows Most Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax

A new report by the Tax Policy Center reveals that 107 million households, roughly 61 percent of all taxpayers, paid no federal income taxes last year.

That number is up from 76 million, 44 percent of all taxpayers, in 2019.

According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 20 percent of U.S. taxpayers paid 78 percent of federal income taxes in 2020, an increase from 68 percent in 2019.

The Tax Policy Center also found that over the last ten years around 44 percent of Americans did not pay federal income taxes.

Households that make less than $28,000 will not pay any federal taxes this year due to tax credits and tax changes while around 43 percent of middle-income households will not pay any federal income tax.

The proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that Democrats are pushing on Capitol Hill would include higher income taxes, capital gains taxes and increases taxes on those making $400,000 or more.

“When Democrats talk about tax fairness, who looks out for the business owner that’s been paying the majority of taxes for other people?” asked Jonathan Williams, the chief economist for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Democrats argue that while most do not pay a federal income tax, they pay other taxes, such as payroll taxes and state and local taxes.

The Tax Policy Center found that around 20 percent of households do not pay payroll taxes.

Williams said out with all the local and states taxes that people pay, the system is not balanced and needs to be replaced with a fair or a flat tax.

The Tax Policy Center’s Howard Gleckman thinks the current tax situation is just temporary.

Gleckman said when stimulus checks and some of the Biden tax credit programs expire after 2022, a much larger number of those paying federal income taxes will rise.

For 2021, Tax Policy Center estimates around 57 percent of Americans will not pay any federal income tax.

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  1. GD

    August 28, 2021 at 5:05 am

    What a crock. A lot more didn’t pay taxes last because a lot more didn’t make enough because of covid, you lying butheads from ALEC.
    And of course a boss/owner should make more thus pay more taxes.
    Maybe if employers paid a living wage they would pay more taxes.

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