The March Reason-Rupe poll asked respondents to describe in a few words how they felt about filing their taxes. Not surprisingly a majority of responses were negative and the most common response (30 percent) mentioned feeling anxiety regarding tax filing. Another 12 percent described the process as “complicated” or “confusing.” Combined, this may help explain majority support for a flat tax that eliminates all federal tax deductions and charges everyone the same rate.
Thirteen percent recalled facts relating to tax filing, for instance hiring a CPA, being prepared, and tax deductions. About 12 percent had positive emotions associated with doing taxes, largely due to getting a tax refund (9 percent). Eight percent associated taxes with their duty and responsibility as a citizen.