Some Americans Would Prefer an IRS Tattoo to Paying Taxes: Survey

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By Lucy Bayly

As tax season ramps up, a new survey shows that some Americans would rather scrub the toilets at Chipotle than hand over a portion of their salary to the Internal Revenue Service.

WalletHub conducted a nationwide survey of 1,000 taxpayers, asking respondents to comment on everything from their opinion on tax collectors to which presidential candidate has the best tax plan.

The results are rather interesting.

27 percent of people would rather get an IRS tattoo than pay taxes

Six percent would rather sell a kidney, eight percent would rather name their first-born “Taxes,” and 11 percent would rather spend three years cleaning the bathrooms at noro-torious Chipotle.

O.J. Simpson and Kanye West are only slightly more popular than the IRS

Pope Francis ranked top of the list, at 52 percent more favorable. Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders tied for second place, with 44 percent; and Hillary Clinton came third, with 30 percent of the vote.

However, nobody has any clue about presidential candidates’ tax plans

Around 34 percent of people had “no idea” which of the candidates had the best plan, but 26.3 percent seemed to like Bernie Sanders’ setup.

Read More: Americans Use Tax Refunds to Pay Down Debt, Buy Necessities

Doing your taxes is worse than folding 100 fitted sheets

Thirty-two percent of Americans would rather wrestle with 100 fitted sheets, break their arm (related?), or tell their kids about the birds and the bees. Thirteen percent would prefer to spend the night in jail than do their taxes. (Hey! If you fail to file your return you might be able to do just that.)

A general view of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Building in Washington.REUTERS

Most people are more afraid of their own math skills than getting audited

36 percent of respondents said they are afraid of making a silly math mistake, 26 percent are afraid of identity theft, and 19 percent fear getting audited.

Stop dawdling, because more than half of America has already filed

Around 53 percent of Americans have already completed their tax returns. Six percent of those who have not yet filed intend to do so after the deadline.

We like getting refunds

Just under half of Americans surveyed prefer to err on the side of caution, and expect some cash back.

And what are we doing with our “windfall?” Well, we’re putting it in our savings accounts or paying off our debts. Well done, America.