Rich Americans Should Pay More Tax

August 29, 2012 Taxation in USA

Rich Americans Should Pay More TaxWASHINGTON D.C. – More than half of all Americans believe that the richest people in the country do not pay enough taxes.

The results of a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, which were released on August 27th, show that approximately 58 percent of all Americans believe that the wealthiest taxpayers in the country do not pay a “fair share” of taxes.

Only 26 percent of all individuals surveyed believed that Americans with high incomes are currently paying a enough taxes, and approximately 8 percent of respondents thought that wealthy individuals are paying too much taxes.

The results of the survey indicated that more than half of all taxpayers who classed themselves as upper class or upper-middle class also thought that Americans with high incomes do not pay enough taxes.

The Pew Research Center noted that respondents’ opinions on the question of taxation changed based on their own political views, with 44 percent of Republicans claiming that rich Americans pay a fair share of tax, while 78 percent of Democrats believed that the rich pay too little tax.

Approximately 37 percent of the participants said that the tax obligations faced by low income families was too high, while 34 percent said that the tax burden was “fair”.

Over 65 percent of all the survey takers also believed that over the last ten years the income gap between the wealthy and the poor had increased, and 37 percent believed that the change was “a bad thing for society”.

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