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Straight from the IRS

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

I'd like to know where Paul Zimmerman is getting his statistics about Bush's tax plan. The ACLU? The DNC? My facts, however, come straight from IRS itself.

Who is to define a typical middle class family? How much does this family make - $30,000 a year, $70,000, $100,000, $1 million? By whose definition of middle class are we going by?

What percent of the federal tax burden do you think is paid by the bottom 50 percent of wage earners? Forty percent? Not even a tenth. The bottom 50 percent of wage earners pay 3.91 percent of all taxes. This people aren't paying that many dollars in taxes, so by definition they cannot receive a large tax cut. Those dreaded top 1 percent that Paul Zimmerman and other left-wingers often whine about pays 37.4 percent of the taxes. The 1.8 million people in that category make over $300,000 a year, meaning they pay about 100 grand in taxes every year. According to the information from Mr. Zimmerman, they receive back less than one-fourth of the taxes they paid.

Bush's plan is fair for all Americans and the money goes back to those who are paying it.

Jeremiah Crockroft

Juneau



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