The Truth-O-Meter Says:
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Stimulus tax cuts "began showing up in paychecks of 4.8 million Indiana households about three months ago."

Barack Obama on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 in a speech in Wakarusa, Ind.

Obama flubs number of Indiana households getting tax break during speech

When President Barack Obama gave a speech on the economy in Wakarusa, Ind., on Aug. 5, 2009, one of his statements raised the eyebrows of one alert PolitiFact reader.

Obama, touting an element of his stimulus package, said that a tax cut “began showing up in paychecks of 4.8 million Indiana households about three months ago.”

That struck our reader as odd because the Census Bureau pegs Indiana’s population at 6.3 million, of which one quarter are under 18. What’s the likelihood that the remaining 4.8 million Indiana adults each constitute their own household?

Not likely at all.

When we asked the Indiana Department of Revenue how many tax returns are filed annually in the state, they said the number is around 3.2 million, and that includes both joint filers and individuals.

So clearly Obama was wrong. A White House official confirmed for us that it was a goof, pure and simple. A staffer mistakenly used the number of households in Illinois in Obama's speech, 4.8 million, instead of Indiana, which is 2.4 million.

So there aren't as many Hoosier households as Obama claimed, and he earns a False on the Truth-O-Meter.

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About this statement:

Published: Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 5:44 p.m.

Subjects: Stimulus, Taxes

Sources:

White House, President Obama's Remarks in Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 5, 2009

Census Bureau, state population data , accessed Aug. 5, 2009

Table in recovery.gov Web site , accessed Aug. 5, 2009

Interview with Stephanie McFarland, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Revenue, Aug. 5, 2009

Written by: Louis Jacobson
Researched by: Louis Jacobson
Edited by: Bill Adair

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