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Americans More Embarrassed To Be Caught Shoplifting Or Littering Than Cheating On Their Taxes
Forbes ^ | 03/30/2012 | Janet Novack

Posted on 04/03/2012 6:22:12 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A new survey suggests Americans consider cheating on their taxes more socially acceptable than shoplifting, drunk driving or even throwing trash out the window of a moving car.

The Shelton Group, a green marketing firm based in Knoxville, Tenn. had 1,105 Americans complete on-line surveys in an effort to find out what kind of messages will make them adopt more environmentally friendly and energy efficient products and behaviors. Towards the end of the survey, the respondents were asked directly: “How embarrassed would you be if someone you knew found out that you……” and then read a list of presumably undesirable behaviors, in randomized order. The highest percentage of respondents—73%–said they’d be “very embarrassed” if someone they admired found out they were shoplifting, followed by 65% for driving under the influence, 59% for throwing trash out the window of a moving car, and 57% for cheating on their taxes. Another 14% said they’d be “somewhat” embarrassed by shoplifting (for a total of 87% at all embarrassed); another 17% said they’d be somewhat embarrassed by DUI (for a total of 82%) and another 21% said they’d be somewhat embarrassed by littering or cheating on their taxes (for a total of 80% and 78%, respectively.)

In the IRS Oversight Board’s 2011 Taxpayer Attitude Survey, 84% of the public said it is “not at all acceptable to cheat on one’s income taxes.’’ Still, in that survey, only 66% of the participants said they “completely agree” that “everyone who cheats on their taxes should be held accountable” and only 72% completely agreed that “it’s every American’s civic duty to pay their fair share of taxes”–suggesting, as the Shelton study does, that perhaps disapproval of tax evasion is not as strong as, say, disapproval of stealing from private businesses.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: shoplifting; taxes; taxevasion

1 posted on 04/03/2012 6:22:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well?


2 posted on 04/03/2012 6:23:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

READ THE IRS SURVEY ON AMERICAN TAX PAYER ATTITUDE HERE:

http://www.treasury.gov/irsob/reports/2012/IRSOB~Taxpayer%20Attitude%20Survey%202012.pdf


3 posted on 04/03/2012 6:24:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Mar_12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
4 posted on 04/03/2012 6:27:18 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SeekAndFind

One encouraging sign of moral health.


5 posted on 04/03/2012 6:29:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone puts a gun to your head and says “give me all the money in your pockets!”

It is human nature to creatively define “pocket”...


6 posted on 04/03/2012 6:29:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Delta 21

RE: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,

So, in the USA, what belongs to Caesar? If Caesar says 70% belongs to him, must Americans comply?


7 posted on 04/03/2012 6:29:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Mercy, such a non issue!

When has cheating, stealing, or even littering become such a non-issue. In the 60’s and much later, all were considered bad (and only those without a conscience would do that).

Today, it seems that maybe the schools are teaching that some is okay if you really need the item - or maybe they are teaching that cheating is okay as long as you are not caught!

Really, this is the society that we have bred. I could not have imagined cheating in the 60’s much less stealing. What has become of us? How can it get any worse?


8 posted on 04/03/2012 6:32:49 PM PDT by Deagle (nOT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Shoplifting is stealing from someone else.

Littering is making a mess that you expect someone else to pick up, in other words littering is being a slob.

“Cheating” on taxes is trying to keep what is rightfully yours from being taken from you by force so that it can be given to someone who didn’t earn it.

The first two are clearly immoral.

The third is not. (It just requires more balls than I posses, LOL!)


9 posted on 04/03/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

Cheating on one’s taxes is as simple as paying someone under the table. Very much akin to taking your wallet out of your back pocket and putting it in front while in a crowd.


10 posted on 04/03/2012 6:46:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Approves."

11 posted on 04/03/2012 6:48:02 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2
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To: SeekAndFind

If we were the stupid ones that allowed it to happen. Either that or take up a sword and make some changes.


12 posted on 04/03/2012 6:50:22 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SeekAndFind
Due to increasing government growth taxation grows from a civic obligation into a crushing burden. Over time the citizen becomes a subject, then a slave, then a commodity. At what point does the weight of moral authority shift from the tax collector to the tax rebel. If we look at our own history our founding fathers put up with a lot less wealth confiscation than we currently suffer.

Is there anyone on the forum with the knowledge to compare colonial taxation burden against today's?

13 posted on 04/03/2012 6:55:06 PM PDT by WMarshal (Bitter Clinger)
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To: SeekAndFind
Due to increasing government growth taxation grows from a civic obligation into a crushing burden. Over time the citizen becomes a subject, then a slave, then a commodity. At what point does the weight of moral authority shift from the tax collector to the tax rebel. If we look at our own history our founding fathers put up with a lot less wealth confiscation than we currently suffer.

Is there anyone on the forum with the knowledge to compare colonial taxation burden against today's?

14 posted on 04/03/2012 6:55:30 PM PDT by WMarshal (Bitter Clinger)
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To: SeekAndFind
Due to increasing government growth taxation grows from a civic obligation into a crushing burden. Over time the citizen becomes a subject, then a slave, then a commodity. At what point does the weight of moral authority shift from the tax collector to the tax rebel. If we look at our own history our founding fathers put up with a lot less wealth confiscation than we currently suffer.

Is there anyone on the forum with the knowledge to compare colonial taxation burden against today's?

15 posted on 04/03/2012 6:55:46 PM PDT by WMarshal (Bitter Clinger)
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To: SeekAndFind

Shoplifting and littering are voluntary activities, paying taxes is not, no matter what the IRS says.


16 posted on 04/03/2012 6:56:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry for triple post. Droid phone sucks!


17 posted on 04/03/2012 6:58:58 PM PDT by WMarshal (Bitter Clinger)
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To: freedumb2003

One good crime deserves another?

If we paid in proportion to what we receive or we paid in proportion to our earnings across the board, if we paid equitably, If our vote counted in proportion to what we pay, if we didn’t feel like whatever we do is wrong....


18 posted on 04/03/2012 6:59:07 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: cripplecreek

I am Mr. Law and Order, but whenever I use the services of someone who is self employed (mechanic, carpenter, barber, etc.)I pay them in cash if at all possible. I couldn’t care less whether they report it on their taxes or not. All of my income is entirely too documented to anything shady.


19 posted on 04/03/2012 7:00:09 PM PDT by suthener
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To: Nik Naym

While you “Cheating on Taxes” was tongue in cheek, I would never have though that I might agree with you but today with the cheats that are consistently found, maybe it it necessary to get the government’s attention. Things have changed so much!

Might be the time for the “little people” to refrain from paying taxes - seems the only thing that gets their attention. As far as a revolution per say, I could definitely agree with that. Heck, it might even get the attention of our overlords!

Tax simplification, removal of all special interest tax dodges removed would be a good thing. Follow up with TAX simplification and all might survive.

True Story: I had outstanding taxes due to working for myself for 3 years and had no idea about the tax requirements (naive at the time). After realizing that I was suppose to have paid taxes before they were due (every quarter), I went to the FED tax offices and ask what to do. I paid 40 thousand in advance just in case. They immediately ask about whether I owned property or had any other cash assets. This was our government. They were not worried about what I owed but whether I could be a provider of assets. They were only after as much as they could take. This was our wonderful government!

So, yes I sympathize with your taxes stand!


20 posted on 04/03/2012 7:01:29 PM PDT by Deagle (nOT)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you can become Treasury Secretary after cheating on taxes, what’s the big deal, anyway?


21 posted on 04/03/2012 7:03:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: suthener

Taxes are nothing more than control of people and theft. Why pay taxes when the govt can just print the money via the FED to the same effect?

THINK ABOUT WHAT I JUST SAID.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 7:04:12 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: SeekAndFind

-—5th Amendment...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.-—

My money is my property. Unless the govt gives me something of equal value in compensation, I’m going to keep as much as I can.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 7:06:48 PM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: SeekAndFind

Caesar’s tax rate was a lot less than our current regime. Tax compliance is proportional to the respect for private property rights which includes the overall tax rate, government corruption, and stable rule of law. No surprise in which direction we are going here.


24 posted on 04/03/2012 7:08:58 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: Sequoyah101

>>One good crime deserves another?<<

I am not sure how you came away from my post with that conclusion.

In fact, I have no idea what you are talking about.


25 posted on 04/03/2012 7:15:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: suthener

In a nation with a long capitalist tradition like ours, they’ll never really be able to kill capitalism. They might drive it underground but once its taken root its like kudzu.

After all the blood and tears spent fighting and losing to communists in Vietnam, they’re effectively a capitalist nation even if the communist government can’t quite bring themselves to admit it. They call it social based capitalism or something. Entrepreneurship is actively encouraged as long as the government gets their cut.


26 posted on 04/03/2012 7:31:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind
"IRS Oversight Board’s 2011 Taxpayer Attitude Survey, 84% of the public said it is “not at all acceptable to cheat on one’s income taxes.’"

Not a valid statistic. If someone from the IRS asks a survey question about cheating on taxes, only an idiot would respond that cheating is OK.

27 posted on 04/03/2012 7:56:44 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Cheating” on your taxes...hell...that could be considered a civic duty.


28 posted on 04/03/2012 8:13:27 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: SeekAndFind
A false choice to compare paying less taxes with criminal acts. It's everyone’s duty to pay as little taxes as possible.
29 posted on 04/03/2012 8:17:46 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: SeekAndFind

Probably because the government wastes the taxes they pay.


30 posted on 04/03/2012 9:46:15 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: SeekAndFind

Because every American taxpayer knows he is overtaxed!


31 posted on 04/04/2012 1:29:24 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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