Bizarrely, Romney doesn't seem aware that people like me - who pay plenty of taxes and are happy to do so - are also in the class people who are going to vote for Obama no matter what. But here's the Times helpfully spelling out just who the people are who don't pay income taxes:
- Half the households that don't pay income taxes are too poor to do so.
- The other half is families using tax credits, and consists of senior citizens and low-income working families.
I'll just quote the Times hitting the nail over the head here:
Put bluntly, these are not households shirking their tax liabilities. The pool consists mostly of the poor, of relatively low-income working families and of old people. The tax code is specifically designed to reduce the burden on them.
Indeed, the recession and its aftermath have left tens of millions of workers out of a job or underemployed, removing more households from payment of federal income taxes. Moreover, the Bush tax cuts – the signature Republican economic policy of the 2000s, which doubled the child tax credit, increased a number of other deductions and exemptions, and lowered marginal tax rates – erased millions of families’ federal income tax liabilities.