Facts Behind Tax ‘Fairness’

To all who decry the “1 percent” and the perceived unfairness of a tax system supposedly tilted in favor of the wealthy, ponder the following table from the National Taxpayers Union that breaks out who pays federal income taxes:

Tax Year 2009

Percentiles  Ranked by AGI

AGI  Threshold on Percentiles

Percentage  of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid

Top  1%



Top  5%



Top  10%



Top  25%



Top  50%



Bottom  50%



Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income   Source: Internal Revenue Service

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