Data in the News: Do Americans Understand Taxes?

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 13:00

NPR recently administered a poll to American citizens. It tested their knowledge and opinion of the US tax system. The questions included:

  1. About what percent of working Americans have zero or negative income taxes?
  2. True or False: Lower-income people pay too much income tax.
  3. True or False: For the highest earners, the percent of federal income taxes they pay now is significantly higher than it was in 1980.
  4. The tax rate on income from work should be lower than the tax rate on income from wealth.
  5. True or False: 75 percent of the federal government’s revenue comes from personal income taxes

To learn what the study found, click here!