TIME Taxes

A Surprising Number of Americans Think Cheating on Taxes Is ‘A-OK’

Survey reveals feelings toward the IRS have grown more negative

Cheating on your taxes by fudging the numbers “a little here and there” or “as much as possible” is totally OK with 12% of Americans, according to a survey of 1,000 people from the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.

That number is up from a low of 9% in 2008 and a slight increase over the 11% who felt cheating was OK in 2012, CNN Money reports.

That trend is matched by an increase in the numbers of Americans who have a bad opinion of the IRS. A record low of 39% said the tax agency “maintains a proper balance between its enforcement and service programs.”

[CNN Money]

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