That 47% number applies only to federal income taxes, and does not include payroll taxes — used to fund Social Security and Medicare — or any state and local taxes. About 18% pay neither a federal income tax nor payroll taxes. But 45 states have a sales tax, so it’s nearly impossible for even low-income Americans to avoid paying at least some taxes. SOURCE
Who are the 47%?
- The working poor.
- The elderly.
- The low-income.
- Possibly Mitt Romney – we don’t know since he won’t release his tax forms.