As April 15 approaches, it’s an ideal time to gauge Americans’ attitudes about the tax system. Quinnipiac University in Connecticut did just that in a recent poll and came up with some interesting findings.
The national poll of 1,711 registered voters found that nearly two-thirds of Americans enlist someone else to prepare their tax returns because the system is too complicted. Good news for accountants, H&R Block and TurboTax.
Many people want to simplify the system. About 47 percent of Americans say eliminating most deductions and lowering overall tax rates would be a “good idea.”
Not surprisingly, Republicans most strongly support such tax reform with 56 percent wanting a system overhaul. About 45 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of independents agree.
Interestingly, despite concerns about a complicated system and high taxes, most Americans – 57 percent – say they pay their fair share of taxes. Thirty-six percent say they pay more than their fair share and 3 percent said they pay less.
Fifty-five percent of Americans said the rich pay less than their fair share and 71 percent said Congress should close loopholes for those with higher incomes.
You can dig deeper into the poll results below and leave a comment telling us what you think of the tax system.
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