Here's something the liberals don't want you to know. After all, anyone who learns the truth might be less likely to support their class warfare reelection strategy. FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries? - Yahoo! News WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries. "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," Obama said Monday. "That's pretty straightforward. It's hard to argue against that." The data tell a different story. On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.