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17% Haven’t Filed Their Income Taxes Yet

Today is Tax Day, and although the deadline was pushed back three days, 17% of Americans still have not filed their income taxes.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 77% of Adults have filed their taxes.  That’s up 22 points from three weeks ago.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just before Tax Day last year, 22% of Americans still had not filed their income taxes, while 71% had already met the deadline. 

Of those adults who have not filed their taxes yet, 44% still plan to do so on time.  Thirty-four percent (34%) plan to get an extension, while 23% are not sure which course they'll follow.  Last year, only 19% planned to get an extension, and 60% said they would file by the deadline.

Among all Americans, just under half (48%) say they will get a refund.  Twenty-three percent (23%) believe that they’ll owe money, and 18% plan to break even. These findings show little change from last year.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 16-17, 2011 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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