Reposting a response to me from a while ago from Tish6:
"Buddy...what world are you in. I am solidly middle class to lower middle class and have NEVER paid more than 10 -15% effective tax rate. I work in a CPA office and prepare tax returns for a living...and I have a few clients that are considered rich and they are paying the 30 and 40% in taxes that you claim that I am. If you are paying 30 to 40% in taxes then may I suggest you pay for a competent tax preparer"