Why do people opposed to higher tax rates of the wealthy only use percentages on how much they pay now opposed to in the past? How about dollar figures on how much the average tax payer has left to spend on his family and how much the rich have to spend? Top 20% $170000. The 1% $866000. The bottom 40% About $30000. 2009 figures. So the wealthy can't afford to pay any more. How are they going to afford a new Mercedes every year? This figure is based on income taxes. Capital gains income is not included.