Almost 1,500 Millionaires Do Not Pay Income Tax


"In my perfect world, we'd take the 35 percent corporate tax rate down to nine so that we're the most competitive in the industrialized world. Zero out capital gains. Zero out the alternative minimum tax. Zero out the death tax," Bachmann, R-Minn., told the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore in June.

The Tax Policy Center estimated that eliminating just the capital gains tax would allow 23,000 more millionaires to skip out on paying income tax.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is also running for president, took it a step farther, suggesting in a June speech at the University of Chicago that not only should capital gains taxes and the "death tax" be eliminated, but interest income taxes and dividends taxes should be cut as well.

Those cuts, he said, would help simplify the "9,000-page monstrosity" that is the U.S. tax code. It would also enable the government to create just three tax brackets, instead of the current six, and reduce overall rates, he said.

According the Tax Policy Center , Pawlenty's proposal to eliminate those taxes on investment income would allow about 50,000 more millionaires to avoid paying any income tax.

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