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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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WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. tax burden has shrunk to its lowest level in 60 years, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said.

Including state, federal and local taxes -- with sales tax and property tax thrown in -- the average tax bill came out to 9.2 percent of personal income in 2009, USA Today reported Tuesday.

That's down from an average of 12 percent over the past 50 years. The tax burden has not been this low since 1950, the newspaper said.

"The idea that taxes are high right now is pretty much nuts," said Michael Ettlinger, head of economic policy at the Center for American Progress.

The tax rate has fallen 26 percent since 2007, a sharp drop that reflects progressive tax rates passed during the Clinton and Bush administrations and the 2009 federal stimulus bill that cut taxes by $800 for married couples earning up to $150,000.

Despite the low numbers, the three things you can count on, death, taxes and complaints about taxes, remain a constant. Adam Brandon, press secretary of FreedomWorks, which is associated with the Tea Party movement, warned, "The money we borrow is going to be paid back through taxation in the future."


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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.