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Obama Doesn't Qualify for 'Buffett Rule'

11:18 AM, Apr 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama has implied that he himself would pay more under the Buffett Rule--and that he supports it anyway. But according to tax returns released today by the White House, the Obamas wouldn't have to pay higher taxes under the Buffett Rule.

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As the White House explains on its website, "The Buffett Rule is simple principle that everyone should pay their fair share in taxes. No household making more than a $1 million should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay. For the 98 percent of American families who make less than $250,000, taxes should not go up."

But in 2011, the Obamas made $789,674 in adjusted gross income, less than a million dollars. 

"The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.5%," the White House reported today. That's less than the minimum rate the Buffett Rule, which wouldn't apply to them anyway, would require.

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