April 7, 2009

Tax Cheats

79%

About eight-in-ten American adults say they consider not reporting all income on one’s taxes to be morally wrong.

As tens of millions of Americans mail in their tax returns this week, they may be interested to know that eight-in-ten of their fellow citizens (79%) say they consider not reporting all income on one’s taxes to be morally wrong. Just 5% consider it morally acceptable and 14% say it is not a moral issue. The only behavior on a list of possibly immoral behaviors tested in a Pew Research survey that drew more moral condemnation than cheating on one’s taxes was cheating on a spouse. Some 88% say it is morally wrong for married people to have an affair, while 3% say it is morally acceptable and 7% say it is not a moral issue. Read More