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Most Americans Feel They Pay Too Much in Taxes, AP-NORC Poll Finds

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A recent poll conducted by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that the majority of U.S. taxpayers believe they pay too much in federal income taxes, local property taxes, and state sales tax.

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view taxes as unfair and to feel they are paying too much.

Confidence in the government’s use of tax dollars is low, with a higher level of trust placed in local government compared to the federal government.

“One of the things you’ll hear said is, ‘There’s no Democratic or Republican way to collect the trash or pave the streets,’” professor Chris Berry said. “We tend to think of local government as less partisan.”

“They’re going by how much you’re making and taking a percentage based on that,” Democrat Loretta Mwangi said.

“There could be more support for education and for the homeless — there are a lot of people under the bridges still,” she said.

There is a preference for fewer government services if it meant reducing tax bills among half of federal income taxpayers.

Many taxpayers feel they do not receive good value for the taxes they pay, and there is a lack of understanding about how tax amounts are calculated.

“There are a lot of things you hear people with money are able to claim — an inside club. I think if certain people have dependents, they should be able to get credits,” Republican Grettel Mesa said.

“There’s a lot of infrastructure spending that seems to be going by the wayside,” she said. “The money was supposed to go towards fixing the sewage systems — so where is that money going?”

Overall, there is a strong sense of dissatisfaction and skepticism surrounding the fairness and transparency of the tax system in America.

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