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Pa. Non-Taxpayers Fewer than Romney's 47%

Around 32 percent of Pennsylvanian federal tax filers, or 1.9 million people, pay no federal income tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — To put it mildly, Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded statements discussing 47 percent of Americans were filled with some gross exaggerations.

But that 47 percent figure the Republican presidential candidate touted is fairly close to the truth, when it comes to how many Americans have no federal tax liability, according one study.

Nationally, 41 percent of federal income tax filers fell into that category in 2009, according toWashington, D.C.-based research group the Tax Foundation. That figure jumps to 50 percent when considering income earners who do not meet the minimum thresholds for filing a tax return: $9,500 for a single person, and $19,000 for a married couple.

In the Keystone State, the picture is a little different.

Around 32 percent of Pennsylvanian federal tax filers, or 1.9 million people, pay no federal income tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

The state ranks 33rd in order of most non-taxpayers to least, according to 2008 data. The top five states with the highest percentages of non-taxpayers were Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Alabama.

Leaked videos from Mother Jones show Romney speaking at a private fundraiser about “47 percent of Americans” who depend heavily on government, whom he could never teach to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” and who will support President Barack Obama.

He closed the bombardment with: “These are people who pay no taxes.”

In 1990, the percentage of non-payers of all taxpayers was 21 percent, slightly more than half of what it is today. The Tax Foundation cites numerous tax cuts, tax credits and rebates as a main reason for an increased number of non-payers in recent years.

emery1129 September 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Romney can't be trusted (is he a part of the 47%?), and has insults for every foreign nation that could be a threat. Beyond the country clubhouse... He hasn't a clue. Paul Ryan is a name calling hothead that has voted to screw the middle and lower class every time. Obama isn't perfect and hasn't delivered on all the tough promises, but if he could get the republicans to work with instead of against him, things would be really different. I trust him to at least work to make life in these un-United States fair(if not better) for everyone. But no president will ever accomplish anything without help from congress. Besides if we were all doing so great and everyone was wealthy living in the land of milk and cookies... who would the working class be? Robots? There's always gonna be a group that's out daily bustin there butts to take care of the more privileged; and that group (my group), will always feel we have the right to complain. And as long as we life in a country were speech and opinion can be freely expressed our complaints will always be heard. At least were not in Syria, Egypt or any of the other places were your own government kicks you tail.
Rosemary B September 24, 2012 at 06:34 PM
The first 2 yrs of his presidency Obama and the Democrats had control of the House and Senate and still have not made things better. Obama does not have the leadership skills or experience needed to be POTUS.
Ken White September 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Romney looks at the economy from the top down. Obama from the bottom (or middle) up. Give me Obama any day.
M.A.B September 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I agree with you completely,Amend! Jesus WOULD be considered a liberal socialist by today's standards,which makes me extra proud to call myself a Christian AND a Liberal. Jesus spent his entire time on earth helping people,caring for the poor,feeding the sick,and most of all,loving people. Since the day that President Obama was elected there has been what is to me a confusing and horrifying amount of hatred and bigotry spewing from the mouths of so many people who consider themselves to be conservative Christians . I honestly don't understand what has so unceasingly fueled their rage for the last 4 years,but I think that if they're going to call themselves Christians they might want to reflect a bit on what exactly it means to be followers of Christ.
louis kootsares September 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM
romney is a better person than one who refused to salute the flag and did not care for the star spangled banner, his wife did not either that is documented but you are comatose or and looking for a handout liking ayatolla obahma who apologises to terrorists that killed americans no hope for you

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