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Who Pays No Income Tax?

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Roberton Williams

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Federal Budgets & Fiscal Policy; Tax Distribution and Economic Trends; Economic Stimulus; Budget Issues

Type: Paper


Nearly half of all tax units will pay no income tax in 2009. The fraction of non-taxpayers differs widely, depending on income, tax filing status, and whether the unit is elderly or contains children.