The Jacksonville Free Press (Florida)
November 16, 2011
More middle-class families escape federal income tax
Amid complaints that nearly half of tax filers in the U.S. won't pay federal income taxes this year, this has been lost:
Those making $75,000 to $100,000 a year are the fastest growing share of people who don't pay federal income taxes. Not working poor people but those who are firmly middle class. They still make up less than 1 percent of the total number of income-tax filers who pay no tax at all, but their overall number has exploded, from fewer than 5,000 not paying taxes in 1996 to nearly 500,000 in 2009, the most recent year of available data. The lowest-income Americans those who make less than $25,000 a year account for the largest number of those not paying any federal income tax: 76 percent as of 2009. But that share has been decreasing for years.