Mr Buffett said that he was taxed at 17.7 per cent on the $46 million he made last year, without trying to avoid paying higher taxes, while his secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30 per cent. THE FACTS from the IRS SOI Tax Stats - Individual Statistical Tables by Size of Adjusted Gross Income Download the above IRS spreadsheet file that shows: 1) 86 million tax returns in 2008 paid 14% of their TAXABLE income in TAXES PAID! 2) The 86 million returns paid an average of $5,736 3) If Buffet secretary was paid $200,000 a year according to the below she paid 16%. (13,370,297 tax returns with adjusted taxable income between $100,000 and $200,000 paid 16.3% of their taxable income in taxes!) So while Buffet paid 17.7% he was the exception! IF YOU TAKE THE TIME AS I have that and download the above you will see that THOSE FILTHY EVIL people that stole $5 million to $10 million or more a year??? These 14,236 people PAID 29.1% of their INCOME in taxes!!! Buffet was the exception AND NOT THE RULE!