Who Thinks Taxes Are Fair?

Gallup: “Americans’ perceptions of the fairness of their federal income taxes have diverged along income lines in recent years. From 2005 to 2008, roughly six in 10 Americans in each income group said what they paid in income taxes was fair. Since then, higher- and lower-income Americans have grown less likely to consider it fair, while middle-income Americans have remained largely content.”

Perceptions of Income Taxes Paid as Fair, by Annual Household Income

“As Tax Day approaches, more Americans continue to say their taxes are fair than to say they are not. In recent years, though, there has been a growing disparity in perceptions of fairness by income group. Middle-income Americans are the most likely to believe their taxes are fair, and their views on the matter have changed little. But lower- and higher-income Americans are less likely than roughly a decade ago to view their taxes as fair, even though the tax rates for most people in these groups have not changed.”

“Along these lines, between 85% and 90% of Americans said their taxes were fair in Gallup polls conducted during World War II.”

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