sal gentile

Comedian, writer, producer. I perform at the UCB Theatre in New York. I work at Late Night with Seth Meyers, also in New York. Formerly: Up Late with Alec Baldwin, Up w/ Chris Hayes, PBS, Current TV.

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April 22, 2011 at 1:39pm
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Krugman:

The claim that only rich people pay taxes is a zombie lie — something that keeps coming back no matter how many times it’s killed by evidence.
So, let’s try another shot to the head.
Yes, high-income people pay the bulk of the federal income tax. But  that’s not the only tax! And while the income tax is quite progressive,  the payroll tax — the other major federal tax — isn’t; and state and  local taxes are strongly regressive.
Citizens for Tax Justice (pdf) has the goods: combining all taxes, federal, state, and local, we get this.

Krugman:

The claim that only rich people pay taxes is a zombie lie — something that keeps coming back no matter how many times it’s killed by evidence.

So, let’s try another shot to the head.

Yes, high-income people pay the bulk of the federal income tax. But that’s not the only tax! And while the income tax is quite progressive, the payroll tax — the other major federal tax — isn’t; and state and local taxes are strongly regressive.

Citizens for Tax Justice (pdf) has the goods: combining all taxes, federal, state, and local, we get this.

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