According to an Oct. 15 report by the Social Security Administration, 61,895,195 Americans earned less than $20,000 a year in 2009. That's 41 percent of the population.
The 2009 poverty line for a family of four, by the way, is $22,050, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
These are useful figures to keep in mind when considering the tax deal before Congress. McClatchy News reports that people earning less than $20,000 a year will get a tax increase if Congress approves the deal. Explains Chris Adams, the deal