According to a recent study, 45% of Americans didn’t pay any federal income tax last year. Many of those Americans not paying any income tax actually received money from the government through refundable income tax credits.
I was shocked at the number of Americans not paying tax largely because I sent Uncle Sam a check for $1,463, even though my wife and I were students last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household in 2009 (2010 numbers aren’t available yet) earned $43,460. In 2010, my wife and I were graduate students earning $1,000 each per month, plus some money for additional summer work, totaling $35,664. We made less than the average household, and yet did not qualify to be in the 45% group that didn’t pay federal income taxes. Continue Reading »