Tax revenue by income bracket National Taxpayers Union - Who Pays Income Taxes? Our Mission National Taxpayers Union (NTU) is the Voice of America's Taxpayers. NTU mobilizes elected officials and the general public on behalf of tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise. Top 10 Percent of Earners Paid 68 Percent of Federal Income Taxes From the Federal Budget in Pictures 2014, learn what the top 10 percent of earners pay in federal income taxes Tax Statistics Additional Information Tax Statistics @ a Glance Join SOI Tax Stats E-Mail List Payments for SOI Data Questions On Tax Statistics? Search US Government Contact Statistics of Income The rich pay majority of U.S. income taxes Many people think that the rich are able to weasel their way out of taxes, but they actually pay an overwhelming majority of the taxes in the United States. What's more, their share of the tax burden is increasing. Policy Basics: Where Do Federal Tax Revenues Come From? In fiscal year 2013, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion on the services it provides, such as national defense, health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security benefits for the elderly and disabled, and investments in infrastructure and education, in addition to interest on the debt (see our related Policy Basics: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?