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Survey Says Tax Confusion

By: Zoe Callaway, Kyle Hulehan, Dan Carvajal

All Americans are affected by the taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. code—but do they understand the tax code? To find out, the Tax Foundation’s educational program, TaxEDU, and Center for Federal Tax Policy conducted a poll with Public Policy Polling. The poll surveyed more than 2,700 U.S. taxpayers over 18 years old—spanning the political spectrum and income distribution—to gauge Americans’ knowledge of basic tax concepts and opinions of the current tax code.

The results: most Americans are confused by and dissatisfied with the federal tax code.


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