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Electronic filing has become de rigueur for most Americans. The Internal Revenue Service says 86 million of us filed electronically as of April 5 this year, and about 10½ million mailed a return.
Total refunds sent back by that date were $214.4 billion.
The latest poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press tells us that 5 percent of Americans say they love doing their taxes. Twenty-nine percent of them love it because they get a refund; 17 percent because they are good at it; 13 percent say it tickles them because it gives them a sense of control, among other reasons for loving it.
Of course, far more — 56 percent — “hate” or “dislike” doing their taxes, the poll said. That’s because it’s too complicated (31 percent), inconvenient and time-consuming (24 percent); they don’t like how the government spends the money (24 percent); and 9 percent because they owe money, among other answers.
More Republicans (60 percent) than Democrats (46 percent) say they dislike doing taxes. And more Republicans (78 percent) than Democrats (68 percent) told Pew that not reporting all income was morally wrong.