Thursday, February 23, 2012

HALF of Americans don't pay income tax despite crippling government debt

This was published in the United Kingdom Daily Mail Newspaper. You would never read this following statement in a pandering American newspaper: The decreasing number of taxpayers threatens government revenues, and could also cause resentment from those who believe that welfare recipients are taking money out of the economy.
Figures: This graph from the Heritage Foundation shows that half the population of the U.S. pays no federal income tax at all

151.7m people - 49.5% of the U.S. population - paid no federal income tax in 2009, figures show

Only half of U.S. citizens pay federal income tax, according to the latest available figures.

In 2009, just 50.5 per cent of Americans paid any income tax to the federal government - the lowest proportion in at least half a century.

And the number of people outside the tax system could have climbed even higher since as the economic downturn has continued to bite and unemployment has remained high.

The decreasing number of taxpayers threatens government revenues, and could also cause resentment from those who believe that welfare recipients are taking money out of the economy.

151.7million U.S. citizens paid no federal income tax in 2009, according to figures compiled by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank.
In 1984, the middle of the Reagan era, 85 per cent of Americans paid federal income tax, meaning just 34.8 million people did not.

The figures include children, the retired and others who do not participate in the labour force.

Nonetheless, they largely reflect the sudden jump in the unemployment rate after the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession.

Unemployment rose from around five per cent at the beginning of 2008 to a high of 10 per cent in October 2009.

As well the increased number of jobless people, the reduction in the number of taxpayers is a result of low-income workers taking pay cuts and reduced hours, and therefore slipping out of the tax system.

It also includes people who illegally fail to file a tax return even though they might have earned enough money to do so.

Another finding by the Heritage Foundation shows that 21.8 per cent of U.S. citizens receive financial assistance from the federal government.

This means that 67.3million people - a record high - are 'dependent on the federal government', excluding government employees who rely on the public sector for their salaries.

The conjunction of fewer taxpayers with higher welfare payments has led to intense pressure on the public purse, with the national deficit running at $1.3trillion per year.

The Heritage Foundation argues that the reduction in the number of taxpayers will create an electorate dominated by non-taxpayers, who will always support higher taxes and spending because their own money is not at stake.


Anonymous said...

Hi DSLC. Why is it that the UK always has to give us the lowdown on this? Did the media here report this as well? Doubt it. Or we missed it. Take care DSLC.

john said...

Exact reason why we have the huge debt. All of those on the gubbmint hand out will continue to vote for those that enable this nonsense. The Federal Reserve ( a private bank-- not a government entity) keeps the printing press humming so those in power stay in power and the banksters make a ton of money. Meanwhile we have 4 or 5 dollar gas on the way. All that liquidity ( dollars) has to go somewhere and it is to gold and oil - the new currencies.

old retired guy

Anonymous said...

watch fox news they tell u that every night

Anonymous said...

I am retired CPD. This is the 1st year that I EVER had to pay the G. I went to a tax pro, not relying on turbo-tax like I did in years past, due to my recent retirement fiscal situations. Maybe I need a new tax pro, but I think that it is the current administrations fucked up policies that caused this.It's probably my fault, since I'm just a Honkey, Lackey,Taxpayer.
Remember to VOTE THEM OUT in NOV.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear buddy but hope you enjoying retirement!! Just think of the shines that have never worked and are making close to what you get in retirement on the gubornmint cheese program! An Barry says we must all pay our fair share! Ok Barry have the lazy bastards get a job and pay their fair share!! My former neighbor was getting 790 a month sect 8, worked for cash as a waitress, link card was around 1350 a month and 2 utilities bills paid a month and a little here and there! I agree vote these bastards out now!!!!

Anonymous said...

Get rid of or stop payments to lazy Niggers/Spic/Towelheads/Pollacks and whatever illegal aliens there are with the hand outs.

Anonymous said...

Historian Alexander Tytler famously said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged", 1957

Anonymous said...

I pay for the deadbeat link card holders etc.

Maybe we need a special camp for link card holders you know like a concentration camp and after these clowns are gone the country will be a better place.

Anonymous said...

I've been hearing about this on talk radio for months now. Sean Hannity and Mark Levin have been highlighting this. A conservative Jew, who would a thunk it was possible?

Anonymous said...

This is utterly fubar. Cut the scams, crack the whip on link.

Anonymous said...

.....This is the 1st year that I EVER had to pay the G. I went to a tax pro, not relying on turbo-tax like I did in years past.....

You just answered your own question my friend, stick with the Turbo Tax or (H&R or Tax Cut) and do it yourself. You will come out way ahead.

The shines that do pay tax go to Liberty and get thousands in refunds that usually are bogus and then cannot pay the G back!

And nobody goes after them!

I Voted For Obama said...

This half, along with the liberal Americans that really believe in Obama, is the reason he is a shoe-in for re-electionhalf

Niggers don't pay for shit said...

I once talked to a judge at a bar and he told me a great point- he said that every court house 5 days a week all year in the basement you have every illegal and minority you can imagine- lots of niggers and spics,sand niggers, polish fucks, drunken Irish smelly fucks, you name it. They are there for more handouts no questions asked, they dont ask if their illegal or nothing they just hand the shit out like nothing!! But the judge told me that for the link card and freebies these mother fuckers should have a designated location that they have to report to everyday to get their daily link money put on their card by a certain time everyday! He said how many niggers and spics would actually get up to do that! Great idea make these pieces of dog shit suffer! Fuck them lazy cock suckers

Anonymous said...

When will the government cross reference all those ss# on tax returns with ss#'s at the public aid offices. They get money for their kids and turn around and let pookey claim them on federal returns to get the eic, wtf!!!

Anonymous said...

reduce pensions and social security from the elderly working class , but continue to give section 8 , link , wic , utility subsidies , free education and health to the 3rd generation welfare class and illegals in our country
vote these fools out nov 2012

Anonymous said...

Most are probably POLITICIANS!

jeffreytgilbert said...

The heritage foundation is a right wing group working to justify the insanity and hypocrisy that is the republican party. There's some truth to their research, but a lot of it is nonsense. i read a few of their articles just to do my own research into a place that sounded educated by name and I'm not impressed.

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