If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


29% Have Already Filed Their Income Taxes

The downward trend of early tax filers continues, with only 29% of Americans saying that they have already filed their income taxes.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 66% have not filed yet. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

While showing little change from 30% last year at this time, the number who say they’ve already filed is down from 33% in February 2009 and 43% in early March 2008.

Most (88%) say they will file by the April 15 deadline, although that’s down slightly from 94% last year. Five percent (5%) think they will get an extension.

Forty-three percent (43%) of Americans expect to get a tax refund this year, up five points from last year but below results found the year before. Eighteen percent (18%) say they will owe money. Twenty-five percent (25%) expect to break even, while another 15% are not sure.

Perhaps not surprisingly, 73% of adults who have already filed expect a refund.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls).  Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. 

The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on February 19-20, 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.

Want to read more?

Become a Rasmussen Reader to read the article

Have an account?

Log In

Become a Reader


Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.