Americans: Not OK to Cheat on Taxes

By: Associated Press/KKTV
By: Associated Press/KKTV

An IRS survey finds that nearly nine in 10 Americans think it is "not at all" acceptable to cheat on your taxes.

The annual survey released Monday by the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board found that only 9 percent of respondents thought it was ever OK to cheat on their taxes. Eighty-nine percent said it was never OK.

Although the survey was conducted in late August, its release comes as Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary, has acknowledged failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had similar problems on a smaller scale.

The national telephone survey of 1,005 adults has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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  • by Rachel Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 2, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    So, the moral of the story is that if your a politician you can get away with not paying taxes until you're caught. Meanwhile, the "little" people get intimidation and possible imprisonment for the delay in paying theirs. I'm in the wrong line of work.
  • by sherry Location: ga on Feb 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    I have to pay taxes, my public servants need to pay their taxes also. Am I missing something somewhere? Do I not have to pay taxes?
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