47% of Americans Will Pay No Federal Income Taxes At All for 2009


“We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,”

According to the AP, approximately 47% of Americans will pay no federal income tax for 2009. Money for nothing and your federal income tax for free. Glad to see that all Americans have sweat equity in the game … but the answer always is … tax the rich. It is really amazing to thing that for nearly 50% of America, April 15 means nothing.

Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it’s simply somebody else’s problem.

About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too low, or they qualified for enough credits, deductions and exemptions to eliminate their liability. That’s according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research organization.

Most people still are required to file returns by the April 15 deadline. The penalty for skipping it is limited to the amount of taxes owed, but it’s still almost always better to file: That’s the only way to get a refund of all the income taxes withheld by employers.

In recent years, credits for low- and middle-income families have grown so much that a family of four making as much as $50,000 will owe no federal income tax for 2009, as long as there are two children younger than 17, according to a separate analysis by the consulting firm Deloitte Tax.

More from let’s just tax the rich … and be very careful how you define rich.

The result is a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education. It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners — households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 — paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government.

The bottom 40 percent, on average, make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment.

“We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,” said Curtis Dubay, senior tax policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

Posted April 8, 2010 by
Government, Socialism, Taxes | 14 comments

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  • Comments

    14 Responses to “47% of Americans Will Pay No Federal Income Taxes At All for 2009”

    1. Buster on April 8th, 2010 10:58 am

      It worked for me !!! I was so not looking forward to seeing the tax guy this year !!! But when we sat down and started crunching the # I was thinking RIGHT ON !!! after all was said and done my taxes where so low my preparer only charged me $100 instead of the usual $380
      I still owe as usual but a lot less !!!

    2. Brenda in Virginia on April 8th, 2010 11:18 am

      I’m in the other 53%.

    3. Jayne (on the left coast) on April 8th, 2010 12:28 pm

      I’m retired, my income is not enough to file FED Income tax. BUT for over 40 years I filed and paid. What I have I earned.

    4. rightknight on April 8th, 2010 12:36 pm

      The ‘government’ is buying the population into
      slavery. Much like the feeding of wild pigs in the
      forest, food is placed inside a ‘U’-shaped fence
      that is open on one side. The fat little piggies get
      accustomed to entering, eating, and leaving the
      corral all the time. Suddenly, the ‘pig farmer’
      (slave owner) closes up the gate at the opening
      and he owns the dependent/captured animals.
      This procedure is being applied to pigs and people

    5. Michelle Smith on April 8th, 2010 1:01 pm

      Ha! I pay income tax every year.

    6. Scott on April 8th, 2010 1:56 pm

      Jayne – retirees such as yourself who worked hard and didn’t just take a check and go buy Escalades and gucci purses. You are a responsible American and my anger isn’t vented towards you or my parents.

      It’s the scumbags who get these credits or whatever JUST BECAUSE. It’s a joke!

    7. Brenda in Virginia on April 8th, 2010 2:18 pm

      When we had employees and took bigger jobs, we were paying $2000 per quarter and another $2000 at tax time. that doesn’t include the other stuff you pay for the employees. Was quite alot. Now we don’t pay quarterly but often owe as much as $1200 in April. this year since one kid is full time college, we actually got some back. Shocked.

    8. Brenda in Virginia on April 8th, 2010 2:18 pm

      Oh…and that was only business taxes…not personal.

    9. Tamikosmom on April 8th, 2010 7:36 pm

      In Canada … welfare FOR SOME is not regarded as temporary solution to an unpreventable situation … it is considered a lifestyle. Some have figured out that the bucks which are are alotted each dependent in the the family for food … clothing … housing … transportation … entertainment … medical and dental … a job would be a waste of their precious time.


    10. athena on April 9th, 2010 1:54 pm

      People with no skin in the game shouldn’t be allowed to vote.


    11. rightknight on April 9th, 2010 3:01 pm

      Rights and Freedoms are sacrificed in direct proportion
      to the degree of dependency on the Central Government.
      Decoys have been placed on Lake America surrounded by
      Tyrants with shotguns of increasing power.

    12. athena on April 9th, 2010 6:13 pm

      This gov admin is going to hire 16,000 IRS agents to dog real working American’s when half of those in office right now OWE the gov Back Taxes. ALOT of back taxes & yet they have the effin nerve to tack on more taxes to the already overburdened taxpayer via VAT Taxm=…Cap & Tax energy boondoggle.

      Not long ago i read the IRS forgave or wrote off several Billion dollar’s it was owed. Who owed it i don’t know but i’d sure like to find out. The reason was that the taxes were paid twice but with the way the Obama Admin likes to double count it smells fishy to me.

    13. Fern on April 15th, 2010 4:57 pm

      Guess who else didn’t pay federal taxes in 2009 despite record profits and gouging customers? Exxon. News breaking today. Read about it on Forbes online: http://blogs.forbes.com/energysource/2010/04/07/exxon-says-it-does-pay-u-s-income-taxes/.

      And guess how they got that sweet deal? Just guess. I’m waiting. Hmmm. Who do we know who who used to be POTUS and whose name starts with “B”?

    14. Diego on November 18th, 2012 10:02 am

      Everybody over here pays icmone tax as along as they have an icmone (aka salary from work.) The more you earn, the more tax you pay on it, of course. It goes up to 50% if you make 60k Euro per year. But even if you make only about 1,000 Euro per month, you still end up with paying ~25% of it as tax every month.And guess what money’s not enough either way. I’m actually getting tired of saying this all the time. Look, the taxes here are so and so high, and we still don’t have enough money to feed the government. It’s getting tiresome.And yeah, we do have VAT (up to 20%) and icmone tax. And fuel tax. And ah forget it. It just makes me angry.You’ll get that too, eventually and it won’t change a damn thing because politicians don’t care.
      SM: With those high taxes, how is that Euro economy working out for you as its all about to collapse?

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