There is a misconception in this country perpetuated even more by Obama and Romney. Everyone has heard them say it . . Over and over in fact. But the truth is when you hear them tell you, “The poor do not pay any taxes” that is a LIE. Fifteen states (almost a third of the country) taxes people whose income is below the poverty line.
The current poverty line figured by the Federal Government is $23, 018.
In Alabama a family of four earning at the $23,018. level will pay $548 dollars in income tax and a single parent family of three making $9800. is subject to tax.
Illinois starts taxing a family of four when their income reaches $13,100 which is 57% of what the Government says is poverty.
Hawaii taxes incomes that are 77% of the poverty rate.
Oregon taxes incomes that are 88% of the poverty line
Georgia starts taxing a family of four when their income reaches $15,900 which is 69% of the poverty line.
It’s interesting that the Government thinks its alright to tax people that by its own standards live in poverty and even more interesting they tell us their not doing it. .. ..very sad. ..