Top Oklahoma earners pay large majority of federal income taxes, IRS figures show

More than two-thirds of the federal income tax bill for Oklahoma for the 2010 tax year was borne by those making more than $100,000
by Chris Casteel Published: September 24, 2012

In his comments, Romney seemed to equate those who didn't owe taxes with “victims” who relied on government programs.

In Oklahoma, about 77 percent of the households with adjusted gross income of less than $25,000 reported income from salaries and wages, which means they were workers. And, even if those wages fall below the threshold of income tax liability, the so-called working poor are still subject to payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare.

President Barack Obama has called for tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans so they pay their “fair share.”

According to the IRS figures, the top 2 percent of Oklahoma filers — those with adjusted gross income above $200,000 — earned about 23 percent of the income in the state and owed 44 percent of the federal income taxes. Those with incomes above $100,000 accounted for about 43 percent of the income and paid 68 percent of the taxes.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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