Paul Krugman repeats a porkie.
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.
He replicates a fascinating graph. The data are here.
It certainly looks like middle income earners are paying just as much tax as high income earners – in fact it looks like some of ‘the rich’ are not paying their ‘fair’ share at all. But look again – look carefully at the x-axis. The data are shown in 20 percent slices, then 10 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent and finally one percent. The graph is not comparing like with like. This is what it should look like.
As Krugman says,
They are deliberately trying to deceive you.
(HT: Nick Gruen)
Update: Here is the evidence for the rich paying the bulk of US income tax.