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Many pass their income through partnerships and corporations. Others park money offshore.
The National Urban League finds African-Americans are still well behind white Americans when it comes to equality.
A study from the American Affluence Research Center finds that families with a net worth of $800,000 or more think the economy's doing great.
The recent federal tax increase on the top 1 percent of earners means some of the wealthiest Americans will pay taxes at the highest level since 1979. But the wealthy are also wealthier too -- and their money goes further.
The latest income tax increase on the wealthy could result in their paying a greater share of income in federal taxes since 1979. Their income has increased even more.
Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty reporters talked with people from all over the country, and many, regardless of their earning power, had very little in the way of savings.