Most Americans feel they pay too much in taxes, new poll finds

January 29, 2024

Two-thirds of U.S. taxpayers say they spend “too much” on federal income taxes, as tax season begins. About 7 in 10 say the same about local property taxes, while roughly 6 in 10 feel that way about state sales tax. Generally speaking, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view taxes as unfair, to say they are paying too much in taxes, and to see taxes as a poor value. “We tend to think of local government as less partisan.”Among those who pay federal income taxes, half say they would prefer having fewer government services if it meant reducing their bill. About one-quarter say they grasp the calculations for federal income tax.