The Top 10

John Campbell
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Posted: Jul 23, 2008 11:57 AM
A few days ago, the IRS has released data showing the percentage of income taxes paid by Americans.  Courtesy of the National Taxpayers Union, the table below shows, the top 10% of filers paid nearly 71% of all income taxes paid. The share paid by the bottom 50% drops from 3.07% in 2005 to 2.99% in 2006. You can see previous years here. You can also see "who doesn't pay taxes" here.

For Tax Year 2006

Percentiles Ranked by AGI

AGI Threshold on Percentiles

Percentage of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid

Top 1%

$388,806

39.89

Top 5%

$153,542

60.14

Top 10%

$108,904

70.79

Top 25%

$64,702

86.27

Top 50%

$31,987

97.01

Bottom 50%

<$31,987

2.99

Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income
Source: Internal Revenue Service