Survey: Tax cheats don't play well among Americans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

February 2, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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