Kyle Kuzma Criticized for Tweet Mocking 'Rich Don't Pay Taxes' Argument

Washington Wizards player Kyle Kuzma got dragged after he decided to send out a tweet that mocked people who complain that "the rich don't pay taxes."

Kyle Kuzma during an NBA game.

Kyle Kuzma reacts against the Miami Heat during the first half at FTX Arena.

Kyle Kuzma during an NBA game.

Washington Wizards star Kyle Kuzma, who once agreed with Bernie Sanders on taxing Amazon, retweeted a story from CNN that said Elon Musk will owe $11 billion in taxes, the largest amount ever for an individual, and mocked the argument that “the rich don’t pay taxes.” 

“ThE rIcH DoNt PaY tAxEs”

— kuz (@kylekuzma) December 29, 2021

There’s truth to the complaint that “the rich don’t pay taxes,” but we’ll get into that later. With Elon, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the richest person in recorded history would face a tax bill unlike anyone has ever seen before. What Kuzma seemingly failed to understand is that the complaint has always been that the rich don’t pay their fair share. 

Musk tweeted earlier this month that he will be paying $11 billion in taxes. 

For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021

Writer Anya Overmann helped put that sum into perspective, while also mentioning a ProPublica investigation which found that Musk didn’t pay federal income tax for years.  

That's 4.5% of your net worth. You paid 3.27% between 2014 and 2018, & no fed taxes at all in 2018. You made $36 billion in ONE DAY in 2021. Most US ppl pay 10 to 37% in fed taxes & up to 13.3% in state taxes. Stop vying for sympathy from people who pay and pay your fair share.

— Anya Overmann (@AnyaLOvermann) December 21, 2021

My tweet to @elonmusk went viral & folx were quick to point out that net worth & annual income aren't the same. It's true. I address that here. I also have a CPA weigh in on why the US tax system is broken & discuss solutions to systemic wealth inequality.

— Anya Overmann (@AnyaLOvermann) December 27, 2021

While some tried to educate Kuz, others ridiculed him for siding with the richest person on the planet. 

It’s about percentage of income Kuz. Don’t drink the coolaide bro.

— TimP (@timppmit) December 29, 2021


Kyle he also has the most money in history and is paying a smaller percentage than the average middle class family.

— Sean Longley (@seanjlongley) December 29, 2021


this is because he is one of the richest people in history. do you understand how percentages work? if the dude is historically wealthy and he's paying his fair share, his tax bill should be historically high as well

— peter griffin patek (@EnjoyedPluto) December 29, 2021


it’s about the % bro.. he pays 1/6th as much taxes as i do based on percentage and makes about 100,000,000x more money

— J Nort (@JNort25) December 29, 2021


you just know kuzma thought this was gonna be a banger lmfao

— ziyan (@ziyanm_) December 29, 2021

People are literally choosing between paying rent and other bills or feeding their kids and you, a person with a lot of money, decided to tweet this on 29th December 2021.

— Playoff staRJ ☭ (@ABlackCommune) December 29, 2021

Lol dude is from Flint, Michigan mocking people for wanting to tax the rich and allocate funds correctly.
Class division is crazy.

— Ashonte (@Ashonte_) December 29, 2021

What changed, man? I’m curious

— connor (@cg_410) December 29, 2021


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