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Tax Time: IRS Approval Rises, But More Fear Audit

As the annual April 15 deadline for income tax filing nears, more Americans view the Internal Revenue Service favorably, but also are more concerned their taxes might be audited.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of American Adults have a favorable impression of the IRS, including 15% who have a Very Favorable view of the federal tax agency. That’s up from last March, when 41% viewed the IRS favorably. Forty-two percent (42%) now view the IRS unfavorably, down from 44% last year. Another 11% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,074 American Adults was conducted on March 27-29, 2023 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.

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