David Kirkpatrick

February 17, 2010

The 2009 Taxpayer Attitude Survey

Some very interesting results from the eighth survey by the IRS Oversight Board.

From the TaxProf Blog link:

  • How much, if any, do you think is an acceptable amount to cheat on your income taxes? A little here and there, 9% (highest in 6 years)
  • How important is it to you, as a taxpayer, that the IRS does each of the following to ensure that all taxpayers honestly pay what they owe — Ensures high-income taxpayers are reporting and paying their taxes honestly? Very important, 83% (all-time high)
  • How important is it to you, as a taxpayer, that the IRS does each of the following to ensure that all taxpayers honestly pay what they owe — Ensures small businesses are reporting and paying their taxes honestly? Very important, 76% (all-time high)
  • How much influence does each of the following factors have on whether you report and pay your taxes honestly — Fear of an audit? Great deal of influence, 39% (all-time high)
  • How much influence does each of the following factors have on whether you report and pay your taxes honestly — Belief that your neighbors are reporting and paying honestly? Great deal of influence, 17% (all-time low)

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