A long article in the April 8 Missourian contained a very misleading headline, a headline that perpetuates the commonly held but erroneous belief that many Americans pay no federal taxes. “Getting something for nothing” is the lead for an article that reports that 47 percent of U.S. households in 2009 received incomes insufficient to generate an income-tax liability. The article alleges that our “tax system … exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education.”
LETTER: Income tax exemptions don't mean a free pass
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