New statistics compiled by the Internal Revenue Service offer a detailed look at which Americans pay the vast majority of taxes. According to the IRS, Americans making over $50,000 paid 93.3% of all federal taxes paid in 2010. These people had an effective tax rate of 14.1%. In contrast, those Americans making less than $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 3.5% and their total share of the tax burden was just 6.7%.
Americans making more than $250,000 had an effective tax rate of 23.4 percent and their total share of the tax burden was 45.7 percent.
Out of the 143 million tax returns that were filed with the IRS in 2010, 58 million – or 41 percent – of those filers were non-payers.
In other words, only 85 million actually paid taxes.
But Tax Foundation data also shows that people who didn’t pay any income tax received $105 billion in refundable tax credits from the IRS.