Most Americans believe strongly that it’s a civic duty to pay their “fair share” in taxes, that cheating on taxes is wrong and that cheaters should be held accountable, said a survey from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s Oversight Board released on Monday.
Created by Congress in 1998 to keep an eye on the IRS, the oversight board does its survey annually. This year’s is consistent with past results showing strong support for the tax obligations of citizenship and low tolerance for those who shirk it.
Despite chatter on the political fringes about taxes being a form of theft, 96 percent of those surveyed said they completely or mostly agreed that ”it is every American’s civic duty to pay their fair share of taxes.”
Only 8 percent gave the answer “as much as possible” to the question, “How much, if any, do you think is an acceptable amount to cheat on your income taxes?” That’s a contrast to attitudes in places like Italy and Greece where tax dodging is endemic.
More than 60 percent said the IRS should get more funding to do a better job at enforcement.