I take eligible deductions, I don’t pay taxes on investment income not realized, I use a 401k, an IRA, HRA and 529 plans, I offset investment gains with losses, I sold my house using the $500,000 exemption. I deduct donations to charity. I have a tax-free Roth account, I invest in tax-free municipal bond funds and anything else that will legally reduce or defer my taxes and so do you I suspect.
Millions upon millions of Americans take advantage of various tax benefits at the state and federal level that base eligibility on income and not wealth, Obamacare tax credits and frozen property taxes at the state level are two examples.
The amount of money involved may make an easy target, but is irrelevant. What matters is the uniform application of the tax laws and that the provisions support desired behavior, like saving for retirement, more affordable health care, low municipal borrowing costs, investment risk taking, etc.
A billionaire who doesn’t pay taxes on income that has not been realized is more honest than the restaurant worker who underreports tips, the shop owner who only takes cash, the millionaire who pays $10 a month for Obamacare because his income is low or the taxpayer who inflates the value of a charity deduction.