If you haven’t already filed your taxes, it’s probably weighing on your mind right now as the deadline approaches in a few weeks.
As we head into the thick of tax season, ponder this question: What is your tax rate? Do you know? If not, do you have a guess?
Maybe you’re right on the mark, but chances are you’re not really sure, or you think you know but you’re mistaken.
This doesn’t just affect you and your wallet, but it could also affect how you feel about how much money to hand over to the government every paycheck.
Those feelings can have a big impact on how we vote and how we shape our own political views. For example, this might affect how you feel about the new federal tax overhaul.
The folks at Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) recently found in their State of the State survey that most people in Michigan over-state their tax rate.
And the people most likely to inflate their own tax rates are those who believe taxes on households like theirs should be lower, those who get tax-preparation assistance, and those who believe the tax dollars they pay are spent ineffectively.
“The idea has been drilled into us for decades that taxes are too high,” says Ballard. “And what we find is that people who believe that taxes on households like their’s are too high are likely, in our study, to overstate their taxes by more.”
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