A study of both presidential candidates' tax plans finds that they will both reduce millions of taxpayers' liability to zero.
According to Internal Revenue Service statistics for 2006, 45.6 million tax filers, or about one-third of all filers, have no tax liability after taking credits and deductions. "For good or ill, this is a 57 percent increase since 2000 in the number of Americans who pay no personal income taxes," wrote Scott A. Hodge, in a study for the Tax Foundation. He estimates that there will be 47 million tax returns with zero income tax liability in 2009 under current law.
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