(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama declared that extending the Bush tax cuts for all earners would mean giving tax cuts “to people who are making a million dollars, up to more than a billion dollars.”
However, the highest income category listed by the Internal Revenue Service in its published statistics on
Thus, there is no way to know if there is even a single American who fits President Obama’s description of a taxpayer “making … more than a billion dollars.” In 2008, which is the latest year of statistic published by the IRS, there were 13,480 tax returns filed with the IRS by people claiming an Adjusted Gross Income of $10 million or more.
On Tuesday, speaking in
The Republicans “number one economic priority is retaining $700 billion tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of the country--millionaires and billionaires mostly,” Obama said. “We’d have to borrow the $700 billion because we don’t have it. We’ve got these deficits and debt.
“So we’d have to borrow the $700 billion from
The IRS does not, and will not, make public the amount earned by the
“We wouldn’t produce that,” Burke told
Asked specifically if the IRS had statistics indicating whether any taxpayers earn $1 billion annually, Burke said that is something the IRS has never published.
Looking into the matter further, Burke found that “the highest income breakout we have for individuals’ income in our stats is $10 million.”
IRS data indicates the average adjusted gross income for the nation’s top 400 taxpayers was $344.7 million in 2007, the last year for which that statistic is available. Of those taxpayers, 306 earned an average salary and wage of $29.4 million, average taxable interest of $27 million, and average dividends of $24.5 million. The greatest source of revenue for these top 400 taxpayers was capital gains from the sale of assets. The average earnings for these taxpayers from capital gains was $228 million in 2007.
The average earnings from capital gains for the top 400 American taxpayers has varied dramatically from year to year over the last seven years recorded in the IRS statistics. It hit a low of $64 million in 2002 and a high of $228 million in 2007.