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October 22, 2014

Is the Middle Class Taxed Unfairly?

Gallup: “Nearly half of Americans, 49%, believe middle-income people … pay too much in taxes, up from 42% a year ago and the highest Gallup has found since 1999. At the same time, the 42% who say middle-income Americans pay their ‘fair share’ in taxes is down 11 percentage points from last year. This is also the first time since 2007 that a higher percentage of the public says middle-income Americans are paying too much rather than their fair share.”

“News reports about higher tax rates for some taxpayers may have influenced Americans’ perceptions of middle-income taxes, or perhaps the ongoing debate between Obama and Republicans about efforts to reduce income equality are having an effect. Also, many Americans consider themselves middle class, even if they fall on the higher end of the income distribution, and this could help explain the spike.”

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