Wash. Times' Lambro repeats false claim that some people benefiting from Obama tax cuts don't pay taxes
In a November 23 article , Washington Times chief political correspondent Donald Lambro falsely asserted that President-elect Barack Obama's tax plan would provide tax credits "to the 49 million tax filers who will owe no taxes -- a proposal his critics have compared to welfare." As Media Matters for America previously  noted , all American workers are required to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act  (FICA). Obama's published proposal  would "[c]ut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples" [emphasis added].
From Lambro's November 23 Washington Times article:
President-elect Barack Obama's economic agenda does not call for cutting the income-tax rates. Instead, he proposes a "refundable" tax credit for low-to-middle-income workers that would allow them to take $500 for individuals and $1,000 for joint filers off their tax bill. And, he would send a check for those amounts to the 49 million tax filers who will owe no taxes -- a proposal his critics have compared to welfare.