Who Cheats on Taxes?

Not you and I but maybe our neighbors? Tax evasion has become a $300 billion dollar a year problem according to the Internal Revenue Service. For some, it’s not just about the greed. “Some people lie to Uncle Sam for the thrill of it, or because they think they are too clever to be caught,” Stephanie Albert writes in Psychology Today.

The article goes on to profile this particular type of cheat, who tends to have a “Type T” (for thrill-seeking) personality. Over all, men are more likely than women to lie on their tax returns. “However, among women, those with college degrees cheat more often than those with less education.”

A common denominator seems to be that people cheat “simply because they believe everyone else is doing it.” “The I.R.S. knows that the wealthy-those who earn over $100,000 per year-and the self-employed are most tempted to cheat.

My main take away: If the I.R.S thinks that “Wealthy” is someone earning over $100,000 a year they have really lost touch with the real world!

Steve Mertz
I Paid my Fair Share!

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