by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
The Tax Foundation is a great resource for factual data on who pays federal taxes — and who doesn’t. Be armed with the facts when you hear progressive Democrats such as our president call for tax hikes on higher earners because they don’t ‘pay their fair share.’ Let’s have a discussion about where we’re headed, but let’s have it based on facts.
Actually, higher earners pay MORE than their ‘fair share.’ The data tells the story.
First, a look at the share of federal tax paid by the top 1%:
Second, a broader look at who pays federal taxes: