Mini Poll: Tax Day Questions


Have you filed your income taxes yet this year?


Yes:
 85%
No:
 14%
No, and I'm not going to:
 1%

 


Overall, what do you think about the income taxes you pay?


They're too high:
 48%
They're too low:
 5%
They're just about right:
 46%
I don't pay taxes:
 1%

 


Do you expect to show an overall refund when you file all your 2009 tax returns?


No:
 34%
Yes, more than $2,500:
 30%
Yes, $2,500 or less:
 34%
I don't pay taxes:
 1%

 


What will you do with your income tax refund?


I will go on vacation:
 4%
I will buy a car or a major electrical appliance:
 2%
I will save it:
 22%
Pay bills, debts:
 31%
I will give it to my family:
 1%
Something else:
 10%
I will not be getting a refund or I don't file taxes:
 30%

 


How much of the taxes you pay each year is spent on programs with which you absolutely agree?


All of it:
 2%
Most of it:
 30%
Some of it:
 63%
None of it:
 5%

 


What should the State of Missouri make its top priority for the tax dollars you are sending it on April 15th?


Better roads, highways, and bridges:
 7%
More and better public transportation:
 9%
Better health care for children and seniors:
 9%
Better social services for people who need them:
 8%
Better parks and recreational facilities:
 2%
Better schools:
 25%
Better colleges and universities:
 4%
More incentives to businesses to create jobs in the state:
 20%
Protect jobs of state employees:
 0%
Lower taxes:
 14%
Something else:
 3%

 


What should the Federal Government make its top priority in this region for the tax dollars you are sending it on April 15th?


More and better public transportation:
 26%
More funds to clean up contaminated sites:
 2%
More grants to local law enforcement to fight crime:
 9%
Longer unemployment benefits:
 6%
More jobs training programs:
 16%
More grants to create better housing for low and moderate income families:
 11%
Improvement of the grounds around the Arch:
 3%
Lower taxes:
 28%

 


If your taxes had to go up, which of the following should be the most important single result:


Better schools:
 45%
Better roads:
 7%
Better parks:
 2%
More prisons:
 2%
Social services for all children:
 11%
Better public transportation:
 9%
Better jobs training:
 7%
Safer neighborhoods:
 17%

 


Which of the following would you prefer to be the state of Missouri's primary system of taxation?


A higher sales tax that completely replaces an income tax:
 43%
A sales tax and an income tax:
 57%

 


Do you pay earnings tax to the City of St. Louis or some other city?


Yes, to St. Louis:
 67%
Yes, but not to St. Louis:
 2%
No:
 29%
No, but I should be:
 1%

 


Have you been approached recently to sign a petition that would require residents of St. Louis and Kansas City to periodically renew their earnings taxes?


Yes, and I signed it:
 7%
Yes, but I did not sign it:
 7%
No:
 86%

 


In a different and better world, which action would most qualify a person for a tax break?


Voting in every election:
 16%
Serving in the military:
 34%
Serving in a domestic volunteer program, like Teach for America:
 33%
Riding a bicycle to work:
 5%
Having children with perfect school attendance:
 3%
Winning the lottery:
 1%
Adopting a stray animal from a shelter:
 3%
Using your turn signals:
 3%

 


Who usually prepares your tax return?


I do:
 38%
My partner or spouse does:
 7%
My mommy, daddy, or other relative does:
 2%
My accountant does:
 51%
Taxes! Are they due again?:
 1%
I don't file taxes:
 0%

 


Where do you usually keep your tax records during the year?


In a special drawer:
 50%
In a special box:
 32%
All over the place:
 16%
I don't keep records:
 2%

 


If you knew someone who owed more than $2 million in taxes, would you turn them in for the 10 percent reward offered by the Internal Revenue Service?


Yes:
 63%
No:
 37%

 


Do you try to shop in places according to the sales tax rates of the location?


Yes, always:
 8%
Yes, sometimes:
 27%
No:
 61%
I have no idea what you're talking about:
 4%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.