I just submitted my amount due to the Internal Revenue Service, and my wallet is considerably lighter. This got me to wondering who pays the bulk of the federal taxes. I was shocked when I found the answer.

Of all federal taxes, 96.54 percent for calender year 2003 were paid by those individuals in the top 50 percent of wage earners. This takes in all people, married or single, who made more than $29,019, and filed taxes in 2003. The remainder, 3.46 percent, were paid by those who made less than $29,019.

As I've always thought, the poor and corporations pay no taxes, while the middle class and upper-wage earners pay the bulk. These findings confirm that thesis.

Roy Winans

Joplin

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