As tax day approaches, Americans are split down the middle on whether they are paying too much in federal taxes, according to a new survey Monday.
About as many Americans believe that federal income tax rates are too high - 46 percent - as those who say it is “about right” - 47 percent - reports Gallup. Only 3 percent say that federal income taxes are too low.
Tax Day, the IRS filing deadline, is Tuesday.
Dissatisfaction with tax rates was much higher in 2000 and 2001, before the implementation of the first round of Bush tax cuts. In 2001, 65 percent said that their federal income taxes were too high, compared to 31 percent who said they were “about right.”
Middle-income Americans earning between $30,000 and $75,000 were the most likely to say that their taxes were “about right,” while lower-income Americans earning $30,000 or less were the most likely to say they were paying too much.
The survey also found a partisan divide over the issue of whether Americans were paying too much in federal taxes. Republicans were far more likely to say they paid too much in taxes - 54 percent - than Democrats - 34 percent.
The Gallup survey was conducted April 9 to 12 with a sample of 1,016 adults and a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
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