Friday, April 13, 2012

And I paid in more than either of them percentage-wise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle paid an effective federal tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 in 2011, the White House said on Friday amid a debate over tax burdens that is likely to shape the November presidential election.
Obama and his fellow Democrats have accused likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of backing policies that would shift the burden from wealthy taxpayers to the less affluent.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have spent much of the week promoting a minimum 30 percent rate for millionaires, known as the "Buffett Rule," after billionaire financier Warren Buffett, who famously noted that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
Romney, who is worth up to $250 million, paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010.
The Obamas earned about half of their income from his presidential salary of $400,000, while the remainder came from sales of Obama's books, the White House said.
They donated $172,130, about 22 percent of their adjusted gross income, to 39 different charities, the White House said. The biggest beneficiary was the Fisher House Foundation, a scholarship fund for children of soldiers who have been killed or disabled, which received the after-tax proceeds from Obama's book sales - a total of $117,130.


I am coming out of character here to say that while he paid less in taxes (percentage-wise) than I did, it's commendable that he donated as much as he did to charities.
Of course, he can afford to donate to charities with his income. I can barely make my bills.


Anonymous said...

Right!,the people whose back`s this country was built on are all in the same boat with you Bro. How come we don`t have the tinsel town fairies paying 30`000 buck`s a plate to eat diner with US?.Fuck obama and his whole entourage!.

Kerodin said...

And remember, those same Charities will pay him mega-speaking fees once he is a former President.


Uriah said...

It depends on how you look at it. I have no idea what 39 charities he gave to and the politics behind it. I've went to church with people that might make 20K a year but still somehow manage to give several grand to various places, and made no big deal about it.