Originally Posted by slople
When all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent.
Policy Options to Force People with Low Incomes to Pay Federal Income Tax Are Unsound
Some have implied or suggested that people who do not owe federal income tax are “freeloaders” who don’t have a “stake in the system,” and that making them pay federal income taxes would improve the tax code.
Yet the vast majority of the people who owe no federal income taxes fall into one of three categories (see Figure 4):
Awe man, I was going to post that link. But glad you did. It just shows those that keep regurgitating the insane notion that 50% of American don't pay taxes is a sham. Considering 30% of the wealthiest people in the US are among those that don't pay US taxes.