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Hey Tea Party! U.S. tax burden at lowest point in years

Original post made by reter, another community, on May 11, 2010

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm

This is one of the most deceptive statistics I've ever seen and I've seen a few. Here's a quick analysis (a deeper analysis would just make my argument stronger.) 47 percent of the people pay NO Federal Income Tax. Their tax burden is therefore ZERO! (Yeh, I know they pay a bit of tax here and there, but not much.)

The rest of the folks pay federal taxes and their tax burden is around 20 percent. Add the two together and divide to get the average tax burden and darned if it isn't about 9.2 percent.

Liars always find a way to figger and fiddle with numbers...

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Posted by Stan Racker
a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

To Rick Pshaw: your numbers are from the back of a Tea Party pamphlet and they are untrue. Check that stats from the Heritage Foundation, The Aspen Institute or the Dept of the Treasure and you will find that Americans are, indeed, paying FAR less in taxes now than they have in decades.