Many elected officials in both parties have long called for tax reform, although they often differ on what tax-related issues need to be addressed.
As President Trump and members of Congress consider tax proposals to pursue this year, a new national survey by the Pew Research Center may provide some useful information -- and perhaps a surprise or two -- on what taxpayers themselves think about the tax system.
Supporting the general idea of reform, the survey found that 56 percent of the respondents viewed the federal tax system as unfair, up from 48 percent in early 2015. The survey had a 2.9 percent margin of error.
But the survey found little change in recent years in how people viewed their own tax burdens, and some lawmakers, media commentators and Trump administration officials might be surprised at how many people had no complaints about how much money they send to Washington.
“Just over half (54 percent) say they pay about the right amount in taxes, considering what they get from the federal government, while 40 percent say they pay more than their fair share,” the survey report says. Five percent thought they should be paying more.