Study Finds Most Americans Dread Doing Their Taxes, but 4 in 10 Are Relying on Refunds
- 4 in 10 respondents are relying on getting a tax refund this year.
- Of those surveyed, men (46 percent) rely on returns more than women (33 percent), while Gen Xers (53 percent) rely on them more than millennials (45 percent) and baby boomers (26 percent).
- Families with children under 18 are more likely to rely on their tax refund.
- Respondents largely plan to save their tax refunds (40 percent) or use them to repay debt (37 percent). Of those who will put their refund toward debt, 65 percent plan to pay down credit cards.
- More than half of respondents (54 percent) are dreading filing their taxes. One in four simply dread paying for tax services, and 22 percent don't want to spend the time filing.
- Most respondents (58 percent) expect a tax refund this year, and 18 percent are expecting a
$2,000-plus check from the IRS.
- 13 percent have no idea what to expect, making it difficult to plan ahead.
- 39 percent of respondents will use an online tax filing service to help them prepare their taxes, and 36 percent will employ a paid accountant or advisor.
- One in 10 respondents said they do their taxes without any outside help.
- 14 percent of respondents (18 percent of millennials) didn't have health insurance for all of 2019, which means they might owe the
- 1 in 5 respondents don't know the deadline to file a federal tax return,
April 15. Most reported they will file in February (48 percent) or March (21 percent).
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LendingTree commissioned Qualtrics to conduct an online survey of 1,033 Americans, with the sample base proportioned to represent the overall population. The survey was fielded
For the purposes of our survey, we defined generations as:
- Generation Zers: 18 to 23 years old
- Millennials: 24 to 39 years old
- Generation Xers: 40 to 54 years old
- Baby boomers: 55 to 74 years old
- Silent Generation: 75 and older
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