There's more to life than just Federal taxes.
The State, County, and your local municipality all have their own taxes.
These taxes impact the working poor much more than the 1%.
Things like payroll and sales taxes (aka flat taxes) are regressive
The EITC? It's like you're intentionally missing the point I was trying to make.
From the IRS: "Donâ(TM)t miss out if you made, less than $51,567"
I reiterate: More people would pay income taxes if they had income to tax.
Making so little money that you don't owe income taxes is not the American dream.
3 & 4 & your concluding remark: If Warren Buffet pays a lower percentage tax rate than his secretary,
I don't see how you can honestly claim taxes are progressive.
When you adjust for inflation, the top tax rates are at historical lows.
That's before factoring in the tax avoidance strategies utilized by the 1%.
Everything you've shown merely highlights the very narrow lens you're using to look at the situation.
You know when the top effective tax rate peaked?
During the Clinton years. And we had a budget surplus.