IRS shows adjusted gross income in current dollars, which means past years are adjusted upward to dial out inflation. As far back as 2006, you could make $100,000 and not even be in the top TEN percent. But $150,000 does get you there. And $200,000 is top 5%. But top 1%, which required as little as $350,000 during the recession, now requires adjusted gross income of about $480,000 a year.
And remember, the top 1% make nothing compared to the top one TENTH of 1%. The current situation is not merely rich versus poor. Most of the top 1% are lagging far behind the really wealthy.
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