You know the classic statement, 47% of wage earners dont pay (any) income tax. Lately I think its been 51%. Im sick of hearing it, its a flat out lie, its nothing but bogus propaganda, and only people completely ignorant of how taxes work could or would believe it. (Which shows how dumb right wingers really are.) Im going to leave some resources here to prove my point and you can evaluate the facts for your self, but fist I am going to offer a bit of a logical challenge to those who think they can keep that claim alive. First of all lets clarify specifically who we are talking about in that statement, US citizens, (NOT status violators & undocumented immigrant workers,) people with taxable incomes, (so that means you have to make more than $9,350 in an entire year if youre single and more than $18,700 if married.) 31% of Americans made less than $10,000 last year, so even if they had money deducted from their wages, if thats what they had, they got it refunded to them last spring. Thats no evasion, thats the law. Below $22,050 is considered poverty level, and 61% make less than $20,000 a year, so its possible there are a few tax evaders in that range? Maybe a few, but no 47% or is it 51% this year? Do the math, its not there. Now, if they evaded paying taxes, how did they do it? In order to work at a legitimate job as a legal citizen, you have to have a Social Security number, so everything you make gets registered and recorded. Thats how it works for a wage earner. Your payroll tax is automatically deducted from your check before you ever get it. How do you evade that system and not pay an income tax? I dont know anyone who has or does in all my years of working, and even if you only make minimum wage, it gets taken out of your check. See how ridiculous this concept is? And, unlike the wealthy people, there are very few possible deductions to your final tax form that you can even claim. Thats real life. The fantasy world that the Republicans would have you believe is that by some magical method poor people are ripping off everyone by not paying anything at all! This makes them feel better about the fact they are only paying an average of 4% of their own income taxes regardless of the higher rate, because they CAN claim all kinds of fancy deductions and reduce it to a mere drop in the bucket! But thats a different argument for a different topic, right now I want to examine how this absurd 47% story got its start. Its simple really, a financial magazine published a headline that 47% of Americans paid no taxes last year!, and the GOP picked up that line like a parrot and has been repeating it ever since! Well guess what, I didnt pay any income tax last year! Or the year before that, or the year before that! I think I owed the IRS $11.00 years ago way back when, and I paid it. Notice the term owe? If you dont owe any money, you dont pay any money, right? So how could I not owe money to the IRS? Whats my great secret? Let me add some more radical insight for those of you who believe the 47% story, aside from that one year, the IRS owed me money every year for the last 20 years! Hows that for amazing? You see, its all about using the wrong term in the right way to make it look good, or bad. The IRS owes me money every year because they deduct too much from my payroll tax, so I get a check back for the difference every year. That is to say, like 70% of working class Americans, I pay my fair share of taxes and then some, and theres no getting out of it for the lower income brackets. If you pay a payroll tax, you pay an income tax, its that simple. The article in that magazine actually covered that issue, but right wing bloggers and people like those on this forum dont care about the facts, they just want to spout off something that makes them look good. Even the news media is guilty of repeating it wrongly and not examining the facts, so its no wonder people like Anderson Cooper has to apologize for bringing it up as a moderator in a GOP debate. http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/anderson-cooper-apologizes-repeating-lie-4 If you are serious in wanting to know how it all works, here is a good article with graphs and charts to lay it all out. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3505 Obviously there are more people who simply dont make enough money to be worth taxing now than there were back in 2008, but the income for CEOs has increased 40% just last year, and the basic example of this article is still in their favor. http://www.ctj.org/pdf/taxday2009.pdf Lets face it, youre not going to get enough money out of someone making less than $10,000 a year to be worth the effort, and the wealthy are doing so good right now, it would not hurt them in the least to pay the full tax rate they are supposed to be paying, but are not. Every time something comes up about taxes, someone is there to spout off the 47%/51% load of rubbish like they had a clue and it was a fact, but they dont and its not. Rather than trying to argue this point with every fool who tries it, I am going to dedicate this post to that augment, so lets see where it goes.