Could these comments apply to NZ and Australia ? The top 1 percent of U.S. earners pay nearly 40 percent of U.S. income taxes. The top 10 percent pay 70 percent. The top 50 percent pay more than 97 percent of income taxes. The poor pay nothing.Absolutely the comments can apply to NZ. The numbers change only slightly. From Treasury:
|Annual individual taxable income ($)||Number of people (000)||Number of people %||Tax paid ($m)||Tax paid %|
|1 - 10,000||374||11||171||1|
|10,001 - 20,000||704||21||1,234||5|
|20,001 - 30,000||469||14||1,539||6|
|30,001 - 40,000||341||10||1,756||7|
|40,001 - 50,000||293||9||2,001||8|
|50,001 - 60,000||234||7||2,232||8|
|60,001 - 70,000||188||6||2,340||9|
|70,001 - 80,000||138||4||2,138||8|
|80,001 - 90,000||95||3||1,791||7|
|90,001 - 100,000||65||2||1,427||5|
|100,001 - 125,000||99||3||2,689||10|
|125,001 - 150,000||42||1||1,488||6|
The trouble is these figures don't include tax credits, benefits, and other cash tansfers. When they are taken into account:
... Treasury earlier this year  estimated that this year households earning over $150,000 a year – the top 12 per cent of households by income – will pay 46 per cent of income tax.
But when benefit payments, Working for Families, paid parental leave and accommodation support are taken into account, these 12 per cent of households are expected to pay 76 per cent of the net income tax. And that is before New Zealand Superannuation payments are counted.
By contrast, households earning under $60,000 a year – which is half of all households – are expected to pay 11 per cent of income tax.
“When we take income support payments into account, as a group they will actually pay no net income tax at all,” Mr English says.
“That’s because the $2.7 billion of income tax they are expected to pay will be more than offset by the $8.1 billion they will receive in income support.
So, "12 per cent of households are expected to pay 76 per cent of the net income tax" is pretty much the same as the US figure of, "The top 10 percent pay 70 percent". Notwithstanding I don't know whether the US figure applies to households or individuals.