Stop Coddling the Super-Rich – Newsroom: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=7adfec80-aff6-4938-85f5-55c7802bf7e1
Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion -a staggering $227.4 million on average -but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.