Federal tax facts: The U.S. rich pay the most vs. other countries, and 51% of the population pays zero

When 51% of the population realizes they can tax 49% into oblivion, bad things happen.

Via New study finds that US rich pay a larger share of taxes than in any other country « Wintery Knight.

A 2008 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, for example, found that the highest-earning 10% of the U.S. population paid the largest share among 24 countries examined, even after adjusting for their relatively higher incomes. “Taxation is most progressively distributed in the United States,” the OECD study concluded.

Meanwhile, the percentage of U.S. households paying no federal income tax has been climbing, and reached 51% for 2009, according to a new analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation. That was the first time since at least 1992 that more than half of households owed no federal income tax, according to JCT estimates.; earlier data were unavailable on Monday.

One thought on “Federal tax facts: The U.S. rich pay the most vs. other countries, and 51% of the population pays zero”

  1. “Meanwhile, the percentage of U.S. households paying no federal income tax … reached 51%”

    Does that mean I can claim minority status?

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