5 surprising things Americans think about taxes
How do taxpayers really feel about cheating, the inconvenience of filing annual returns or how much Uncle Sam charges?
By Marine Cole, The Fiscal Times
The April 15 deadline is here, but whether you have already postmarked your envelope or you're waiting until the last minute, you may be surprised by Americans' opinion on taxes. From opinions on cheating to taxing lower-income people more, here are five surprising thoughts Americans have on taxes.
More Americans are tolerant of tax cheating
Fudging the numbers "a little here and there," or "as much as possible," is fine, according to 12 percent of those recently surveyed by the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.
The trend is on the rise, as only 9 percent of Americans thought it was acceptable to cheat on income taxes back five years ago.
A majority of Americans don't hate doing their taxes
The pain of having to file taxes may be the top conversation starter these days, but most Americans actually don't mind doing their taxes; some even like it, according to a Survey Monkey poll.
About 12 percent of Americans like filing their returns, while 44 percent have neutral feelings about filing their taxes, the poll found.
Most Americans don't see taxes as a top priority for Washington
While Congress is having heated discussions on Rep. Paul Ryan's final budget proposal, only one percent of Americans think that taxes represent the most important problem facing the nation, far behind unemployment and dissatisfaction with the government, according to a Gallup's March poll.
Most Americans believe they pay the right amount of taxes
Roughly 45 percent of people consider the amount of federal income tax they have to pay is just about right, according to a survey by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
The share of people who think their taxes are too high is similar at 50 percent, while up until 10 years ago, more Americans thought their taxes were too high, in some years close to 70 percent.
More Americans think poor people should pay more taxes
While it's no secret that most Americans think rich people pay too little in taxes, 2 in 10 think this is also true of lower-income people, according to AEI.
This is up from a low 8 percent in 1992 and most of the increase has occurred since the start of the recession in 2008.
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I've got news for you MSN Money, 45% is not most. That considered a minority.
"Most Americans believe they pay the right amount of taxes
Roughly 45 percent of people consider the amount of federal income tax they have to pay is just about right,
The share of people who think their taxes are too high is similar at 50 percent,"
isn't MOST more then half? it would seem more people still believe their taxes are too high. Also, if I paid no or next to no taxes I would probably think they are about right too.
Taxes on wages (in any form – flat or progressive) are the greatest evil of our American Republic. When government is free to steal from you, there are no limits to waste and abuse in government. If a person chooses to work extra hours or two jobs in order to better provide for themselves or their family, they should not be penalized, but that is what happens. The more you make by working harder and longer, the more money is stolen from you, and given to those who spend their lives living off the hard work of others.
The revenue the government needs to provide legitimate constitutional services should be obtained primarily from a national sales tax instead of a tax on wages. All would pay based on consumption, the more you spend the more you pay. The more luxury you surround yourself with, the more you pay. Your choice. A national sales tax system would capture money spent by criminals and by illegal aliens who currently pay near zero in taxes. There would of course need to be exemptions: Cars (already have a federal excise tax) Primary Residence/Rental Properties (vacation homes would be subject to tax/rental profit would be taxed) Fresh Food (Preprocessed foods and prepared meals would be taxed – only fresh/fresh frozen/canned goods would be exempt) Insurance Premiums, Health Care & Certified Education.
Adding another layer of tax to a business would not be fair. Businesses would need to be compensated by keeping a portion of the tax to cover the expense of collection and reporting. A percentage of .20 to .05 would be fair.
I have been a voice in the wilderness for about two decades, and now, more and more people are getting on board;
My concept was, and is, a pure Flat tax. A set percentage, (probably 5% would be plenty,) of EVERY DOLLAR SPENT, by everyone, every time, everywhere. No exceptions. No exclusions. Spend more, pay more, spend less, pay less. Period. Full stop.
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