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Americans Less Concerned About IRS Audit

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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