Study: 30% of Americans like doing their taxes

Study: 30% of Americans like doing their taxes

Study: 30% of Americans like doing their taxes

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 3:00 AM

PORTLAND -- Do you do your own taxes? Okay, but do you actually like to do your taxes? According to the Pew Research Center, at least three out of ten Americans answer, Yes!

According to a study released Tuesday, 34 percent of those survey said they either like or even love doing their income taxes.

No, the survey wasn't conducted in a mental asylum. The poll, which questioned 1,003 Americans, found that the anticipation of getting a refund was often the biggest driver for tax-happy respondents.

About 30 percent of Americans said that they were motivated by getting a refund, 13 percent said doing their taxes gave them a sense of control, and 13 percent said it was their duty to pay their fair share, according to Pew.

Of those who don't like, or even hate doing their taxes, 31 percent said it's too much paperwork or that they're afraid of making a mistake, 12 percent said they dislike how the government is spending the tax money, and only 5 percent complained that they pay too much.

Here's the catch, only 33 percent of all Americans said they actually do their own taxes, so, it's sort of a self-selecting group.

In other findings, it might come as no surprise that those with less money don't mind doing their taxes as much as those with more money.

About 41 percent of people with families with incomes of less than $30,000 a year said they like or love doing their income taxes compared with 30 percent of those with incomes of $75,000 or more.

At 78 percent, Republicans were 10 percentage points more likely than Democrats or independent voters to believe you have a moral duty to report all your income.

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