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Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?

Updated 1:10 pm ET

President Obama paid a total federal tax rate in 2011 on adjusted income of $789,674 that may be lower than that of his secretary, even though she earned substantially less.

Obama has spent the past week touting the Buffett Rule, which calls on those who make $1 million – just a little more than Obama made – to pay at federal tax rate of at least 30 percent. The rule was inspired by Buffett’s comment that he paid a lower tax rate than his secretary.

The most recent information about salary regarding Obama’s secretary is for his former secretary, Katie Johnson, who is listed by the White House as having made $90,000 in 2010.

According to Wikipedia, Johnson is 31 years old and now attends Harvard Law School. I don’t know about her personal life or what her deductions would be, so I can’t assume any children or extra deductions.

On a $90,000 salary, she would pay $16,578 in federal taxes, $3,780 to Social Security, and $1,305 in Medicare taxes.

That adds up to a total federal tax burden of $21,663 on $90,000 in adjusted gross income, or a tax rate of 24 percent.

Obama’s federal income tax rate was 20.5 percent. If you include the Medicare and Social Security taxes paid by Obama, his total federal tax liability is 21.8 percent, fully two percent less than that of his secretary even though his adjusted gross income was nearly nine times hers.

292 thoughts on “Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?”

  1. Mr Koffler seems to be missing the point here. If he’s correct then it confirms the validity of Obama’s promotion of the Buffett rule.

  2. I wonder if the President used his fraudulent Connecticut Social Security number when he filled. OR maybe he used one of the others he has in his possession. Any other president would have been pummeled in the press with his background of inconsistencies and coverups. SHAME ON YOU MAIN STREAM MEDIA!!!

  3. I wonder if Obama used his “Connecticut” social security number when he filed his tax returns. If any other president had withheld information about his past, and lied about his record like this one the mainstream media would have been all over it. I guess if you’re a Democrat and a half black one on top of that you can lie, cheat, and rob the People and it’s permissible.

  4. Why isn;t this information published every day to show how devious this
    president really is. Along with whomever is yanking his chain. It is sad to
    realize how sinister this group are!!!

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  10. Obama has been campaigning on the pay inequaity etween men and women, but as a man who was working as a computer system analyst, I made about half of what this alleged secretary is making, that is I WAS making $40,000.00 a year until Obama’s economic policies spurred a cutback. Now I am making $7.25 an hour and getting only 34 hours a week. Yeah I’m really making a lot more than my female couterparts, and Obama is full of horse excrement.

  11. Obama’s main problem is that he does not understand the simple basics of finance. He does not comprehend the fact that the rich are not going to allow themselves to be poor. He does not understand that if he raises their taxes,(the money from which will not go to the poor but rather it will go to government bureaucrats), that the rich will simplt pass on their losses to their customers or to their employees in the form of lower wages and fewer benefits. Obama is the master of the unintended consequences of his own actions and what is truly disturnbing in this is that all indicators point to the fact that he has no capacity to learn this lesson.

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