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How the Rich (and Poor) Avoid Paying Income Taxes

Tax reform has become a hot-button issue in Congress and among taxpayers as discussion continues about whether the wealthy pay their fair share. But the issue is much deeper than a brewing controversy between the haves and have-nots. An examination of the complexities of the tax system reveals a variety of ways to reduce or eliminate federal income tax.According to the Tax Policy Center, 43.3% of American households paid no federal income tax in 2013, a percentage that may sound alarming. But income tax is not the entire story. Other taxes, such as those levied on property, cigarettes, gas, liquor, Social Security, and state and local taxes, ensure that virtually no one gets off scot-free.Even so, the significant number of Americans who pay no federal income tax raises the question: How can a taxpayer reduce federal income tax liability down to nothing?"It depends on the type of income as well as the deductions and credits you can apply," says Bob D. Scharin, senior tax analyst for the...

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