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Americans Are More Worried About An IRS Audit

Few Americans admit to cheating on their taxes, but more are worried about getting audited by the IRS than have been in the past.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 23% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned that the Internal Revenue Service will audit their taxes this year, with seven percent (7%) who are Very Concerned. That’s up significantly from 14% and three percent (3%) respectively last year and the highest level of concern in 10 years of regular surveying.

Still, most (72%) are not concerned about getting audited. But that’s down from 83% last year and includes only 27% who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 26-27, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 26-27, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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