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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What America Thinks: Tax Season

They say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. It doesn’t mean we have to like either one. Tax season is unavoidably upon us again, so we decided to find out what America thinks.

When asked which is worse, going to the dentist or filing their income taxes, it’s a close call. Nearly half of Americans would rather sit in the dentist’s chair than do tax paperwork. Nonetheless, most plan to file their income taxes by the April 15 deadline, and a third have already filed. Forty-three percent (43%) expect a refund this year, and they're the most likely to have filed already. Very few Americans worry about getting audited by the IRS.

Even fewer, though, believe the United States has the best tax system in the world, perhaps in part because 71% think the middle class pays a larger share of its income in taxes than wealthy Americans do. They're suspicious, too: President Obama in this year’s State of the Union address proposed $320 billion in tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, but most voters think this will lead to more taxes on the middle class, too. So it’s no surprise then that Americans keep saying enough is enough and don’t think any further tax hikes are needed to help fund the federal government.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.