Poll: Americans see no need for simpler tax forms

Poll: Americans see no need for simpler tax forms

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Poll: Americans see no need for simpler tax forms

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 7:06 PM

A new poll suggests most taxpayers think filing a tax return is simple enough.

The Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 90 percent of Americans surveyed say they'd rather leave the nation's tax system as is, complications and all, than pay more money and fill out a simpler tax return each year. Just seven percent say they'd pay more for the sake of a simpler form.

Three-quarters who do it by hand or use software say completing a federal tax return is easy. Those who hire a tax preparer are more apt to say it's hard.

Age also makes a difference. About two-thirds of younger Americans say it's easy while a majority of seniors say it's hard. And those with higher incomes are more apt to say tax returns are hard to fill out.

Despite the level of difficulty, 60 percent of all taxpayers say they expect a refund from their taxes this year, while just 24 percent say they expect to have to pay.

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