By midnight tomorrow, April 18, most Americans will have filed their tax returns for 2016, and according to a new survey from Pew Research Center, the majority will believe that the tax system is unfair.
More specifically, 56% of those surveyed say the system is not at all fair (27%) or not too fair (29%), and that view is shared almost equally among Democrats or those leaning Democratic (54%) and Republicans or those leaning Republican (58%), according to Pew Research.
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Despite these views, 54% of all respondents say that they are paying their fair share of taxes (40% say they’re paying more than that).
Democrats and Republicans differ widely on the reasons why they believe the system is unfair. More than 7 in 10 Democrats say corporations and wealthy Americans don’t pay their fair share, while about 4 in 10 Republicans do.
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The views of Democrats on the tax bill for corporations and the wealthy are little changed from two years ago, while Republicans are less concerned about both issues today than they were in 2015, when about 50% were bothered.
Overall about 60% of all respondents in 2017 say corporations and wealthy Americans don’t pay their fair share in federal taxes.
Republicans and Democrats also differed about their personal tax situation, the tax bill for poor people and the complexity of the tax system.