Washington (Oct. 28, 2002) -- The top 1 percent of tax filers paid 37.42 percent of federal personal income taxes in 2000, an increase from the 1999 level of 36.18 percent, according to new Internal Revenue Service data.

The top 50 percent of earners paid 96.09 percent of the tax revenue, while the bottom 50 percent paid a 3.91 percent share. These figures were virtually unchanged from the 1999 levels.

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