Open Forum: Who pays income taxes?


There seems to be a lot of misinformation about who pays taxes and who doesn’t.  According to the Taxpayers Union, in 2009, the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 38 percent of the total federal personal income tax, the top 10 percent paid 70 percent and the bottom 50 percent paid about 3 percent. The bottom 40 percent pays no federal tax at all. In addition,  people in the upper brackets pay most of the state income taxes.  

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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