Only 18 percent of tax filers did not have to pay either income tax or payroll taxes.Putting aside the fact that Romney thinks that 47% of Americans are freeloaders who will vote for Obama because they want free stuff, here's a tax expert:
Nearly all of the people who did not pay either type of tax were elderly – 10.3 percent of total tax filers - or had incomes less than $20,000 – 6.9 percent. ABC
If you haven't read conservative columnist David Brooks on Thurston Howell, you really should.
graphic showing the 47%. I think a problem for many republican voters is they don't comprehend that Social Security and Medicare are government services. The 47% also includes a few thousand millionaires.
Here's a map of the states where people don't file income taxes. See the percent of people who don't pay taxes in each of those states here.
Many of these low-income earners may not even realize they do not pay income tax. According to an April Gallup poll, 50 percent of people who earn less than $30,000 per year said the amount they pay in income taxes is too high. More than 80 percent of those people do not pay a dime of income tax.
They are on the hook, though, for a host of other taxes such as sales taxes, property taxes, state income taxes and excise taxes on items like alcohol, gasoline and cigarettes. ABC