Friday, October 21, 2011


In 1969 20% of US Taxpayers Paid Zero or Negative Tax

In 2009 42%

Now 51%

(Tax Foundation) -- The Tax Foundation's Tax Policy Blog reports that from 1969 to 2009, U.S. taxpayers who have a zero or negative tax liability grew from less than 20% of all filers to 42%, according to the IRS. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation has "found that 51% of American households paid no income taxes." For millions of these non-payers, "the refundable credits more than exceed their payroll tax contributions." The blog also notes that since 2003, the top 1% of taxpayers' share of the tax burden "has well exceeded that of the bottom 90%, even during the recent recession."