Why Americans Don’t Cheat on Their Taxes

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The weirdly hopeful story of how the U.S. came to be a leader in tax compliance

  • Rene Chan
  • The Atlantic

If such a thing as American exceptionalism remains, maybe it can be found in this: Despite deep IRS budget cuts, an average audit rate that has plunged in recent years to just 0.6 percent, and a…

Even more remarkable, most of us feel obliged to pay. To quote the findings of a 2017 IRS survey: “The majority of Americans (88%) say it is not at all acceptable to cheat on taxes; this ethical attitude is not changing over…

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