Nearly One Third of All Tax Filers Paid No Federal Income Taxes in 2007

December 4, 2009

The Tax Foundation has released a new Fiscal Fact on “nonpayers,” those whose exemptions, deductions and credits wipe out any federal income tax due. In 2007, nearly one-third of the 143 million federal income tax returns filed had zero or negative tax liability, meaning that those filers got back every dollar that had been withheld from their paychecks — and often more. That’s roughly 46.6 million tax returns, or 32.6 percent — the second-highest number ever.

For more, see the number of federal income tax returns filed with zero or negative income tax liability each year from 1950-2007.

Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge, who wrote Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 202, “Surge of ‘Nonpayers’ Will Be Part of Bush Tax Legacy,” discussed “nonpayers” on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” last night:

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