It’s tax day here in the United States. The day when millions of American’s scramble to file their previous years taxes with the taxman. The subject of taxes has always been a sensitive one and will likely be debated until the end of time. But currently, the reality is, we all are going to pay taxes in some way. But having to pay doesn’t mean some won’t try and cheat the tax system.
A new survey, conducted by blind.com, says that seven percent of tech workers have cheated or are cheating on their taxes. We’re positive that the practice of cheating on your tax filings isn’t limited to tech workers but that is the industry blind.com chose to concentrate on for this survey.
According to the IRS, the average annual ‘tax gap’, the difference between taxes owed and taxes paid, has reached as much as $458 billion dollars. Tax evasion, tax cheating, tax fraud, whatever you want to call it, there are many people who don’t want to pay their taxes.
The main motivation for engaging in evasive practices is very obvious — trying to hold on to as much money as possible. Some people also are unhappy with the politics of the day, domestic and foreign policy, or have ideological and philosophical objections to income taxes.Blind
Blind.com surveyed thousands of workers from tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft
We used this statement: True or False: I have cheated on my income taxes. The survey was run from April 6 – April 9, 2019 and the total number of respondents was 8,113. Overall, only 6.63 percent of respondents admitted to cheating on their taxes.Blind
While seven percent isn’t a huge slice of the overall tech workforce, it does show that some are still willing to find ways around the system. No one likes to pay the man but cheating your way around things may not be the best idea in the world. It’s an interesting survey for sure and something to think about this tax day.
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