By Bernie Becker - 08/29/13 09:40 PM EDT
Still, long before Romney, Republican officials had complained that roughly half of taxpayers didn’t have any income tax liability.
Those figures came at a time when the fiscal crisis caused economic pain around the country, and as the White House and lawmakers cut taxes to spur the economy. Many of the tax breaks meant to stimulate the economy are now expiring.
Roughly two-thirds of those who won’t pay income taxes do work, meaning they owe payroll taxes. Most of the rest are over 65 and retired.