SOURCE: QuestionPro

April 23, 2014 09:15 ET

Post Tax Day Survey: 35% of Americans Would Justify Lying on Their Taxes

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - QuestionPro, Inc, an online survey software provider, released the results of its 2014 April Tax Day survey. The company surveyed Americans on their income tax behaviors and expectations. The results indicated that 35% of Americans would justify lying on their income tax forms, mostly by not reporting income or overstating deductions such as claiming they gave more to charities than they actually did. This is contrasted against the 2013 IRS Oversight Board Taxpayer Attitude Survey, in which only 12% of respondents admitted they would cheat on their taxes.1

Other findings from the survey include:

  • Those who would lie on their taxes would need to save only $500 in order to feel enticed to do so;
  • 42% of respondents ages 18-34 would cheat, versus 23% aged 35 and older;
  • To justify cheating on their taxes, over 36% believe the government will waste the money in any event;
  • 26% of those aged 18-34 think they should be paying less in taxes, compared to 58% of those aged 35 and older;
  • 95% of those surveyed ages 18-34 filed electronically, while only 69% 35 and older filed electronically; 
  • Over 60% of all respondents would save, invest or pay off bills with their refund instead of spending it on vacations or other material possessions

The full results of the survey can be viewed here:

About QuestionPro
QuestionPro is a leading provider of online survey software and superior respondent sample services that allows for fast and professional research. It services over 2.7 million users across 100 countries, including Fortune 100 companies, academic institutions, small businesses and individual DIY researchers.


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