This is misleading. The government receives more tax revenue per dollar earned by a 1% due to the progressive income tax system. Let’s compare these 2 scenarios: 1. A wealthy person earns 1 million per year. 2. 20 middle class families earn $50,000 per year. The tax rate is higher for the millionaire. So even though the pool of people collectively make the same amount, they contribute less overall in taxes.. Therefore this premise may not be accurate.. At the very least it’s more complicated than the author makes it out to be.