43% pay no federal income taxes
August 29th, 2013
01:31 PM ET
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43% pay no federal income taxes

New York (CNNMoney) - A little more than 43% of U.S. households - or 70 million homes – will end up owing no federal income taxes for 2013.

That's down from recent years because of an improving economy and the expiration of various tax cuts that were passed after the 2008 financial crisis, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, which published its latest estimates on Thursday.

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  1. big e

    yep sounds like romney was right.. i wonder who the 43 % vote for

    August 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. just saying

    so far fewer people didn't have health insurance and that was a big problem and all these people were derided as healthcare free loaders and free riders. but 43% of the households in this country not contributing to the costs on maintaining our massive and growing federal government is not a problem?! not a problem while we run trillion dollar deficits and steal our kids future by piling massive debt on them?!

    it is clear this percentage is far too high and people, everybody, need to start paying their fair share and stop being tax free loaders and tax free riders. this is the mess that socialist democrat policies create. always taking from hard working tax paying americans to subsidize their greedy mooching supporters. if you don't want to help pay for this country then go live somewhere else!

    August 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. okie

    just saying

    so far fewer people didn't have health insurance and that was a big problem and all these people were derided as healthcare free loaders and free riders. but 43% of the households in this country not contributing to the costs on maintaining our massive and growing federal government is not a problem?! not a problem while we run trillion dollar deficits and steal our kids future by piling massive debt on them?!

    it is clear this percentage is far too high and people, everybody, need to start paying their fair share and stop being tax free loaders and tax free riders. this is the mess that socialist democrat policies create. always taking from hard working tax paying americans to subsidize their greedy mooching supporters. if you don't want to help pay for this country then go live somewhere else!
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    I believe the republican policy per sir norquist "no taxes". Remember that little pledge they all signed. Ask and you shall receive

    August 29, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "43% of the households in this country not contributing to the costs on maintaining our massive and growing federal government is not a problem?!"

    Of course it is a problem, and it's occurring because 43% of the people in this country are either living in poverty or getting used and treated like expendable farm animals by their employers, who take home 8 figure salaries and get a bonus for finding new and inventive ways to treat fellow Americans like third-world labor.

    August 29, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Patrick in Wisconsin

    People keep forgetting that the current tax code was in place long before Obama or even Bush took the Presidency. The reason why the number is so high is, thanks to the Great Recession, millions more people are below the paying level. It's not that they're not paying their "fair share," it's just that people got a lot poorer since 2007. Go figure.

    August 29, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    I have a neighbor who is in his nineties. All he has left is social security and Medicare. After working his entire life, and exhausting all his savings, he does not make enough to pay federal taxes. Under the republican plan, there would be no social safety net, and he would be dead. To a brain dead republican, he is a taker. Repubs must not have parents with similar problems.

    August 29, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. okie

    "Specifically, an estimated 798,000 households in the nonpayer group make between $100,000 and $200,000 a year; 48,000 have incomes between $200,000 and $500,000; 3,000 make between $500,000 and $1 million; and 1,000 households bring in more than $1 million. (Here are some reasons why million-dollar households make the list.) "

    946,000 Six figure earners not paying anything. You don't see that as a problem. Wonder who the 1% voted for

    August 29, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "but 43% of the households in this country not contributing to the costs on maintaining our massive and growing federal government is not a problem?"

    Perhaps if these folks were given affordable living wages their tax rates would increase? Just a suggestion. Take it or leave it.

    August 29, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    The screaming loonies on the Right seem to forget it was their patron Saint, the Blessed Ronnie Reagan, who felt that by NOT taxing low income families he would be releasing more money for spending in the economy. Remember the economy, righties, the thing that crashed and burned on your watch, the thing that's dependent on increased consumer spending? Are you proposing cutting low income peoples' disposable income to pay for 3 decades of bad policies that your lot initiated, policies that overwhlemingly favored the rich ( who never needed the help)?

    August 29, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    43% too poor to pay Federal taxes, eh?

    Take a bow, Reagan Revolution.

    August 29, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    While most pubes are happy with trickle down economics, we now have over 75% of our population at or near the poverty level. The pubes think they are takers, and some may be, but the majority are retirees, veterans, students, children, disabled, etc.

    August 29, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Revolution

    Lets make 100 percent!

    August 29, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. demogoat

    This is 3% higher than in 2007. 61 % of the 43% are working people that do pay payroll taxes along with state and local taxes, sales taxes, etc. but no federal income tax because of the low wages they are paid. And by the way the deficit is not a Trillion dollars this year, some of you folks need to upgrade your lies.

    August 29, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Are they Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Glen Beck, Rush Limbu, Karl Rowe, George Bush, Rumsfield, etc.,?????

    August 29, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. smith

    This is just one of reasons why is country is in hole.

    August 29, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Uhhuh

    big e

    yep sounds like romney was right.. i wonder who the 43 % vote for

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    Among that group are several thousand millionaires, tens of thousands with incomes over $200,000, veterans and millions of seniors. Do you own research on who those demographics overwhelmingly vote for.

    August 29, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I bet Romney the. Tax cheat and most GOP are at the top of the list along with GE and the oil companies, we give them money,Dah!!

    August 29, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Donna

    Lynda/Minnesota
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    "but 43% of the households in this country not contributing to the costs on maintaining our massive and growing federal government is not a problem?"
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    Perhaps if these folks were given affordable living wages their tax rates would increase? Just a suggestion. Take it or leave it.
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    People are paid commensurate with their education, experience and value added to a company. If you drop out of high school, have little or no marketable skill you cannot expect to be earning a six figure salary.

    Hey Sniffit, you claim to be a lawyer! How about you get paid the same as the burger flipper at MacDonalds?! You are all for economic equality right? We will simply take 90% of what you make and spread it around to make life completely fair. All that hard work and education will pay off big time for those burger flippers.

    August 29, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. just asking

    after 8 years of the obama economy, almost all of us are going to be too poor to pay federal income taxes. all those unemployment kids coming out of school? no job, no taxes. the adverse affects of 8 years of obama will be felt for decades.

    August 29, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |