Elon Musk's Comment About His 2021 Tax Bill Has Twitter In A Tizzy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to facing criticism online and in the press (via CNN). The 2021 Time Person of the Year began making waves in the media after he smoked marijuana on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast in 2018, and continued to rub many the wrong way with some erratic tweeting habits. Since then, it seems the billionaire hasn't done himself any favors online.

Musk is notorious for taking to Twitter to share his feelings about what is going on in the world, per Business Insider. One example came in May 2018, when the CEO took to the platform to air his unhappiness with The Washington Post's decision to publish an article about a crash that involved a Tesla. He wrote on Twitter at the time, "It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front-page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage."

More recently, Musk caused a stir on social media during an online spat with Senator Elizabeth Warren, in which he referred to the politician as "Senator Karen," CNN reported. 

So, it comes as no surprise to learn that Musk's latest Twitter comments about his 2021 tax bill have again ruffled some feathers.

Twitter did not have sympathy for Elon Musk

Writing on Twitter on Monday, Dec. 20, Elon Musk tweeted to his 67 million followers, "For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year." Unsurprisingly, Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the billionaire's claim. 

"So literally no amount that will impact you? k," one user sarcastically wrote, while another added, "That means you made a lot of money!! The type of money that could change that life of millions if they had it You could end poverty in a few areas of the country. Just goes to show our government doesn't manage money right because that 11 billion will go right into the system." Meanwhile, another Twitter user shared, "Less than 5% of your total worth. Literal pennies in comparison."

Musk's tweet that sparked the backlash was in response to Senator Elizabeth Warren's claim that billionaires such as the Tesla CEO are "freeloading off everyone else" and not paying their fair share of taxes (via Twitter). With a net worth reaching $300 million, per Time Magazine, it's not hard to understand why many on Twitter had little sympathy for Musk's tax bill woes.