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2009 (the year cited for this claim) was an outlier because of temporary tax cuts and the economy. Dreaded Anomaly Send a noteboard - 25/02/2012 01:14:01 AM
The link below (which I also posted further down in the thread) is a blog post by a member of the Tax Policy Center, which did the research. It says:

It is no accident, btw, that the number of people not paying income tax was so high in 2009. You may have noticed that we’ve had a recession lately. And here is a powerful insight: When people’s incomes decline so too does their income tax (at least most of the time). At the same time, many working families have benefited from temporary tax cuts aimed at boosting the economy, and as a result some did not pay income taxes last year. As the economy improves and those tax cuts expire, it should also be no surprise that the share of people who don't pay income taxes will likely shrink from half last year to less than 40 percent by 2012.
About Those 47 Percent Who Pay “No Taxes.”
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Why Joel is CRAZY - Nearly Half of All Americans Don't Pay Federal Income Taxes - 23/02/2012 04:43:15 AM 898 Views
A not so hypothetical situation... - 23/02/2012 05:46:44 AM 489 Views
Your paying more money now than then. Lower rate but more money *NM* - 23/02/2012 07:52:51 AM 298 Views
Accurate statement, but not a justification *NM* - 23/02/2012 03:44:55 PM 218 Views
Re: A not so hypothetical situation... - 23/02/2012 02:39:43 PM 509 Views
I don't know much about that. - 23/02/2012 03:53:27 PM 419 Views
Why the heck do you think the current tax system is skewed to the rich? - 23/02/2012 03:18:43 PM 551 Views
That's a fair question - 23/02/2012 03:52:08 PM 480 Views
Once again, poor people have no money with which to pay taxes. - 23/02/2012 06:23:07 AM 540 Views
50% of America is not "poor" or too poor to pay federal income taxes..... - 23/02/2012 01:01:24 PM 446 Views
It clearly is, if they're not paying taxes. - 23/02/2012 02:32:54 PM 421 Views
Regarding the mortgage deduction..... - 23/02/2012 03:20:37 PM 530 Views
You base that statement on what, exactly? Fervent desire that it be true? - 25/02/2012 12:43:30 AM 545 Views
2009 (the year cited for this claim) was an outlier because of temporary tax cuts and the economy. - 25/02/2012 01:14:01 AM 558 Views
You're operating under the same fallacy he does - that people should pay income taxes. - 23/02/2012 12:05:52 PM 600 Views
In much the same way - 23/02/2012 01:40:58 PM 551 Views
Same argument re: fallacies - 24/02/2012 02:52:17 PM 409 Views
Was meant as a joke reply - 02/03/2012 06:30:15 PM 445 Views
Joel is crazy, but I highly doubt that this is "why" - 23/02/2012 01:36:37 PM 610 Views
HA! HA! Very well played! *NM* - 23/02/2012 03:49:35 PM 166 Views
You mention this statistic all the time. - 23/02/2012 02:16:47 PM 344 Views
Obviously, we are talking about the bottom 50%..... - 23/02/2012 03:22:43 PM 361 Views
How do you account for retired folks? - 23/02/2012 04:18:59 PM 509 Views
social security isn't taxable either *NM* - 24/02/2012 04:21:21 AM 201 Views
Easy... he doesn't. - 25/02/2012 02:56:05 AM 352 Views
I wonder how much of that statistic is students - 23/02/2012 02:22:58 PM 546 Views
Federal taxes - 23/02/2012 04:18:22 PM 455 Views
Your figures are fairly unrealistic - 23/02/2012 04:54:44 PM 564 Views
Not entirely. - 23/02/2012 06:30:18 PM 371 Views
On exempting SS income: - 25/02/2012 02:30:43 AM 425 Views
Is there any reason why one should exclude the other? - 23/02/2012 07:32:09 PM 422 Views

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