A Closer Look at Who Doesn’t Pay Taxes

The Hill: “Mitt Romney’s 47 percent is now 45.3 percent.”

“The Tax Policy Center says that’s now the number of households who don’t pay any income taxes, an almost five percentage point increase over the 2013 estimate of 40.4 percent.”

“Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, took a political hit when he used a previous Tax Policy Center estimate to assert that the 47 percent who didn’t pay income taxes would support President Obama.”

“The Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, says this year’s increase is largely due to more precise projections about who actually pays taxes.”

“In other words, as the Center’s Roberton Williams put it: ‘Those additional non-payers were there all the time — we just failed to count them.'”


  1. Poor people who don’t pay income tax still pay taxes. Even welfare payments are taxed. Many of those ‘Lucky Duckies’ pay a bigger percentage of their earnings than many rich people do, thanks to income tax dodges.

    Honestly, was Romney doing his Hollingsworth Hound impression when he made that asinine statement?

    Google it.

  2. ‘Federal income taxes,’ not just ‘taxes.’ When do we see the report on corporations that pay no taxes? Likewise, when do we see the report on effective tax rate by income level?

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