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Monday, March 4, 2013

IRS Releases 2012 Taxpayer Attitude Survey

IRSOB 2The IRS Oversight Board has released the results of its 2012 Taxpayer Attitude Survey of 1,500 respondents:

  • 95% indicated that personal integrity has the greatest influence on whether they honestly report and pay their taxes, but the influence of IRS audits and third-party information reporting appears to be growing.
  • 93% said it is important that return preparers meet competency standards.
  • 87% said it was “not at all acceptable” to cheat on your income taxes. The percent of taxpayers that expressed some tolerance for tax cheating (whether “a little here and there” or “as much as possible”) dropped to 11% in 2012—one of the lowest levels ever recorded in the IRS Oversight Board’s survey
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  • 86% of the taxpayers indicated they were likely to use the IRS website and 76 percent said they were likely to use e-mail to send questions directly to the IRS.
  • 76% of taxpayers were satisfied with their personal interaction with the IRS.
  • 67% felt the IRS should receive extra funding to assist more taxpayers.

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