What Americans Really Think About Taxes

What Americans Really Think About Taxes

Chip East

Happy Tax Day! Ok, so maybe you’re not actively celebrating the IRS deadline, but Americans are now less likely than at any time since 2012 to say that the federal income taxes they pay are too high, according to Gallup. Almost half of Americans say their tax bill is about right, while 45 percent say they’re paying too much, down from 51 percent a year ago and 52 percent on average since 2013.

The difference results mainly from changing attitudes among Republicans, who are much less likely to complain about their tax burden than they were a year or two ago. Just 45 percent of Republicans now say their taxes are too high, down from 62 percent last year and 72 percent in the heat of the 2016 presidential primaries, according to Gallup. Republicans are feeling better about their taxes than at any point dating back to at least 2001.

Overall, 51 percent of Americans now say that the middle-class pays its “fair share” in taxes, according to Gallup, up from 42 percent who held that view last year.

But a large majority still says that corporations pay too little, and more than 60 percent of people still say those in the upper income brackets should pay more.