Essential Report

View of tax system

Dec 1, 2015

Q. How much, if at all, does each of the following bother you about the Federal tax system? Do they bother you a lot, some, not too much, or not at all?

A lot

Some

Not too much

Not at all

Don’t know

The amount you pay in taxes

23%

28%

29%

12%

7%

The complexity of the tax system

28%

34%

26%

5%

7%

The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share

54%

22%

14%

5%

5%

The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share

12%

17%

26%

38%

7%

The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share

59%

22%

12%

2%

5%

 

Bothered a lot

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The amount you pay in taxes

23%

26%

20%

12%

36%

The complexity of the tax system

28%

27%

28%

23%

40%

The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share

54%

58%

48%

65%

65%

The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share

12%

16%

12%

2%

13%

The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share

59%

62%

54%

71%

72%

 

Bothered a lot

Total

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600 – $1,000 pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600 pw

Income $1,600+ pw

The amount you pay in taxes

23%

17%

21%

25%

26%

The complexity of the tax system

28%

35%

31%

35%

23%

The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share

54%

62%

60%

64%

46%

The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share

12%

8%

10%

14%

14%

The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share

59%

71%

62%

67%

52%

59% are bothered a lot by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share of tax and 54% are bothered a lot by the feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share.

28% are bothered a lot by the complexity of the system, 23% by the amount of tax they pay and 12% by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share.

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share were aged 55+ (77%), Greens voters (71%), incomes less than $600 pw (71%) and those not working (68%).
Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share were aged 45+ (65%), Greens voters (65%) and incomes $1,000-$1,600 pw (64%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the complexity of the tax system were aged 65+ (45%).
Those more likely to be bothered by the amount they pay were full-time workers (32%) and families with dependent children (30%). Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share were full-time workers (17%).

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