Skip to comments.Most Americans say cheating on taxes is unacceptable
Posted on 02/07/2009 6:35:46 AM PST by george76
An IRS survey finds that nearly nine in 10 Americans think it is "not at all" acceptable to cheat on your taxes.
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.
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Who conducted this survey? The IRS?
This is interesting since 4 in 10 Americans don't pay taxes.
hummmmmm eeeyeah, I can understand that since the average citizen can have his life ruined, but the “elite” can just pay up to get promoted
Most Americans don't realize that they are the ones being cheated.
Wait til the goverment jacks up taxes. Then you would see a big change in those numbers.
LOL, yes, the IRS. It's in the article.
” An IRS survey finds that nearly nine in 10 Americans think it is “not at all” acceptable to cheat on your taxes. “
Like anybody’s gonna tell the IRS “Sure, it’s okay to cheat — I do it every day”.....
Yep. The 4 in 10 non-taxpayers get angry when taxpayers don't fill up the redistribution pot.
nine in 10 Americans think it is “not at all” acceptable to cheat on your taxes.
The other 10% believes in tax avoidance the old fashioned way (creation of tax sheltered partnership, trusts, corporations and nonprofits) and have already booked time at Charlie Rangel’s Caribbean dacha
Most Americans inadvertently cheat on their taxes. I had no idea until this week that we are supposed to claim on our taxes everytime we borrow someones car. Who knew? I wonder how you claim it. Do you use a fair rental car amount plus gas. I believe that if you stay at people’s home for visits it is supposed to be claimed. What about eattting at someones home? The tax code is too complicated.
The 4 in 10 non-taxpayers get angry when taxpayers don’t fill up the redistribution pot.
Then there was a 8 year break where they trumped up charges against the White House.
Now I guess they are back to 90's reporting.
Seems that it’s quite acceptable for the modern American political class.
It’s like having the KGB call you up at home and ask if you are loyal to the Party.
Oh, and let's not forget about collecting sales taxes on yard sales or paying income tax on yard sale earnings!
IMHO: the tax code is a mess and must be stripped down and reduced in size so it's small enough to be drowned in a bath tub. And, as a nice side effect, it might then be simple enough for most folks to understand.
I'd like to see that link
Anybody can give you up to $12K a year tax free. Over that, they pay the tax..
I'm sick of this, I'm going to retire, sell my house and buy a place up in the mountains.
Wasn’t Geitner’s ‘smaller scale’ something really outrageous? And it only looks smaller by comparison?
I think there is a catchy bumper sticker in this — “Being Democratic means never having to pay your taxes ...”
Accidental cheating is fine and probably the norm, considering the complexity of the tax code. Unless you can afford an accountant the average taxpayer likely gets cheated by the government more often than not.
They can argue why would there be any reason to simplify the system if 90% of Americans believe its acceptable to pay the tax due under the current incomprehensible tax code.
Maybe, we should start reporting these obviously illegal tax evasions by rats to the IRS and to the following site.
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Tax Whistleblower Reward Program
The United States of America Will Pay Huge Rewards to Anyone Who Exposes the Under reporting of Tax
THE PROBLEM: Billions of Dollars in Unpaid Taxes
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Each year, the United States is forced to spend over $11 billion to finance IRS enforcement efforts aimed at catching individuals and corporations who underreport and fail to pay tax. However, the schemes, devices, and shelters used by these individuals and corporations to avoid the payment of tax have become so sophisticated that efforts by the IRS to detect them have failed. As a result, the annual amount of unreported and unpaid tax has steadily grown each year. Confronted with the devastating effect of the ongoing and systematic underreporting of tax by individuals and corporations, the United States is taking a new approach to enforcement efforts aimed at detecting the underreporting and nonpayment of tax.
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I don’t know about a link but it is all over the tv by that guy who had a car loaned to him and he did not pay taxes.
I suppose there could be some goofy state tax. But since you didn't provide any details I would guess maybe he "borrowed" the car from his business and the tax man says he owes income tax.
Maybe true. It was all over the news the last week though.
I consider the IRS to be unacceptable.
The minority vote Demwit.
We have a winner.
So then you should deduct the corresponding value if you loan your car to someone and don't charge them for it. I mean, in reality, not IRS speak.
Sales tax is not due on yard sale items because sales tax was already paid on each item (computed against a higher value, in fact). If you're in the business of selling stuff to people, you don't pay sales tax when you buy the stuff you're going to resell.
Also, income tax is certainly not due either because that would make the original purchase a business expense ("Cost of goods sold"), and you would actually show a loss on the transaction, which would offset other income, such as that from wages. Consistently lose money on a business and the IRS declares it a "hobby" business and will no longer allow losses to be declared (though I believe they can still be carried forward to be applied against future gains from the same business).
Well, so do I but it's the IRS, what are you going to do?
Cheating on taxes and lying to the IRS or state tax thieves is perfectly acceptable to me... UNLESS you are one of the despicable excuses for a human being who once upon a time HELPED WRITE THE VERY TAX CODE YOU ARE EVADING. Then your hypocrisy should be well rewarded... tar and feathers for a start, followed by a mid-air dance whilst dangling by the neck from a short rope.
If that't the case, then why are we unfortunate enough to have a 'Rat Administration and a 'Rat Congress?
It's clear that by far the most cheating - and lame justifacations for it - in just about every sphere of life is done by 'Rats!!!
Sounds like that would be Tiny Tommy Daschle who “forgot” to include the value of his “free” limo service that he had every day for years since his sorry butt got kicked out of the senate. To the tune of $128,000.00 in taxes he finally PAID, sorry buggerer that he is.
I suspect your right. Some working stiff cheating on taxes wouldn't make the news..
Yep, everyone in America files a tax form to dutifully report their state taxes every time they buy something on the internet.
Throw everyone in jail.
The dumbasses who wrote the laws and then violated them get put on death row.
That’s because most Americans don’t pay taxes.
Actually, it decreases the exemption limit on their estate tax, but that's a minor point.
It looks to me like there is a $1M gift exemption before it dings the estate exemption..
Thanks justiceseeker93. Well put.
That's if the use of the car is a gift. If it's a limo provided as compensation for doing a job, then its value is income. Or change we can believe in. Or something.