Paying and Non-Paying at Tax Time

May 28, 2008

One of the inquiring public’s most frequently asked tax questions is how many people in the entire country file a tax return. A common related question is how many people aren’t obliged to pay any income tax when they file a tax return. We take our answers straight from the IRS, and here they are for 2005.

Four Types of Tax Returns

Single People

Couples

All

Individual

Head of

Joint

Filing

Returns

Returns

Household

Return

Separately

Total Returns

134,372,678

59,347,974

19,985,059

52,505,729

2,462,804

Paying Returns

90,593,079

41,900,154

6,572,893

40,081,458

2,004,781

Non-paying Returns

43,779,599

17,447,820

13,412,166

12,424,271

458,023

Fraction of Returns Non-paying 32.58% 29.40% 67.11% 23.66% 18.60%

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