[Ed. – In other words, filing taxes for them is a way of triggering what amount to welfare payments. This isn’t a revelation, but it is a reminder that our tax code is not just progressive already, but a mechanism for taking from some to literally give to others. Much of the apparatus of government has been functioning in that capacity for decades. The average payout of extra, unearned cash in this instance was $2,946 per non-taxpaying filer.]
Of the 150,493,263 filers who submitted individual income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service for the 2015 tax year, only 99,040,729 paid any income tax at all.
Together, those Americans paid a record $1,457,891,441,000 in total income taxes — for an average of $14,720 per taxpayer.
The other 51,452,534 — or about 34.2 percent of all filers — did not pay a penny. …
There were 30,417,609 filers who did not pay income taxes and received $89,614,869,000 in cash back from the federal government.
In other words, they got $89,614,869,000 in welfare payments.
We know this because the IRS tells us so. It calls the $89,614,869,000 in cash that the federal government paid to tax-return filers who paid no taxes the “refundable portion” of “refundable credits.”