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43% Say Filing Income Taxes Is Worse Than Going to the Dentist

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What's your pain threshold? For a plurality of Americans, it apparently hurts more to do their taxes than go to the dentist.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Adults say filing their tax paperwork is worse than a trip to the dentist. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree and say going to the dentist is worse. Nearly one-in-four (23%) are not sure which activity is more torturous. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Last April, Americans were almost evenly divided over which was worse—taxes or the dentist.   But in prior years, they consistently rated filing income taxes as worse than going to the dentist. 

With a month to go until Tax Day, roughly half of Americans have filed their income taxes. Taxpayers appear to be on track with the level of filing in revious years.


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