- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, say middle-income people are forced to pay too much in taxes — a spike from 42 percent one year ago, and the highest proportion since Gallup asked the question in 1999.

Many Americans consider themselves to be a part of this economic group, and for the first time since 2007, a higher percentage of people say middle-income people are paying too much “rather than their fair share,” the pollsters said.

The release of Gallup’s figures coincide with Tuesday’s deadline to file a federal tax return. While majorities of Americans have said in recent years they pay their fair share, there has been a growing perception since 2012 that middle-income folks pay too much.

Bush-era tax cuts expired for the highest income earners last year, yet there has not been a significant rise in the proportion of Americans who think upper-income earners pay too much in taxes, Gallup said.

On the other end of the spectrum, 41 percent say low-income people pay too much, a third say they pay their fair share, and 23 percent say they pay too little.

“Not surprisingly, self-identified Republicans and Democrats disagree on how Uncle Sam treats the upper- and lower-income groups,” Gallup said. “A plurality of Republicans (40 percent) believe lower-income individuals pay too little in federal income taxes, far higher than the 22 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats who think so.”

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