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Americans Less Concerned About IRS Audit

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

As Tax Day approaches, Americans are less worried about getting audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) than they were this time last year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned that the IRS will audit their taxes, including five percent (5%) who are Very Concerned. That’s down from last year’s 10-year high of 23% and back to the level of concern in 2016.

Most adults (78%) are not concerned about an audit, including 35% who are Not At All Concerned. That’s up slightly from 72% last year but down from 83% the year before. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 19-20, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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