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Top 3% of U.S. Taxpayers Paid Majority of Income Tax in 2016

  • Richest 1,409 taxpayers pay more income tax than bottom 70Mln
  • Individual income tax to bring in about $1.7 trillion in FY18
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Individual income taxes are the federal government’s single biggest revenue source. In fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, the individual income tax is expected to bring in roughly $1.7 trillion, or about half of all federal revenues, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

If past statistics can offer any guidance, in 2016, $1.44 trillion income taxes were paid by 140.9 million taxpayers reporting a total of $10.2 trillion in adjusted gross income, according to data recently released by the Internal Revenue Services.