Movers and SHAKERS
TAXES - Do You Pay More Than Your “Fair Share”?
The Pew Research Center performs a regular survey related to taxes, including individuals' attitudes toward what they pay. In the most recent survey done between April 5 and 11, a touch less than half of Americans (49%) say they pay more than their fair share in taxes when considering what they get from the federal government. Another 44% say they pay about the right amount in taxes. Only 6% responded they pay less than their fair share in taxes.
Age differences relative to attitude were also measured in the survey. This is how those attitudes are split:
Americans 65 and older are the only age group in which a majority (56%) say they pay about the right amount in taxes. Those ages 30 to 64 are more critical, with a little over half (53%) saying they pay taxes than their fair share.
Opinions among those ages 18 to 29 were mixed. 43% said they pay more than their fair share, and 42% say they pay the right amount. Similar splits of middle-income and upper-middle-income Americans say they pay more taxes than their fair share, but fewer lower-income adults (38%) said the same.
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