More than a quarter of Americans would rather go to the dentist, sit in a massive traffic jam or wait in an emergency room than prepare their taxes according to a recent poll conducted by Cint USA and sponsored by Trend Micro, a leading security software company.
Well, really no big surprise there, however, when over a thousand respondents – representative of the US Census on age, gender, and region – were asked their opinions regarding the filing of taxes online and we did received some interesting results:
- 62% have or will file their taxes online
- 73% feel safe filing taxes online
- 67% have some concern about identity theft or losing private financial data when filing online, with more than two in ten stating they are very concerned.
- On the other hand, 59% feel it safer to file online rather than mailing in hard copies of the forms (41%)
- 15% have been notified in the last year that one of their online accounts has been breached
On the lighter side, when given the choice of four celebrities that they would trust most to do their taxes, 44% of Americans would choose Warren Buffet over Donald Trump (35%), Ben Bernanke (11%), and Martha Stewart (10%).
When asked about how they would most likely spend a tax refund, 52% stated that they would pay off debt while 12% would invest it. 7% would use the money to finance a vacation while 6% said use it for a new car.
The respondents were given five movies to choose from and asked to identify which is most similar to filing taxes:
- 28% Gone with the Wind
- 25% Mission: Impossible
- 19% Indiana Jones In the Last Crusade
- 17% Les Miserables
- 11% Liar, Liar
I work for Trend Micro and the opinions expressed here are my own.