The prevailing sentiment among Americans: they believe they’re shelling out too much in taxes and not reaping benefits.

As tax season unfolds, a staggering two-thirds of U.S. taxpayers express discontent with their federal income taxes, while approximately 7 in 10 find local property taxes burdensome, and about 6 in 10 feel the same about state sales tax.

Confidence in the government’s effective utilization of tax dollars remains low, with a mere fraction of adults expressing trust in how their taxes are allocated. Nevertheless, there’s a slight preference for local government handling tax funds, reflecting a longstanding trust in local governance.

Among federal income tax payers, half prefer fewer services in exchange for reduced taxes, while a third opt to maintain the status quo, and a small amount are willing to pay more for additional services.

There’s a widespread perception of poor value for taxes paid, with only a quarter of taxpayers feeling they get their money’s worth. Many Americans also find various taxes, including federal income tax and local property tax, unfair.

Despite differing opinions on tax fairness, there’s a shared lack of understanding about tax calculations, particularly evident in property and income taxes. This lack of transparency feeds into skepticism about the tax system’s equity.

Criticism of tax policies extends to perceptions of loopholes favoring the wealthy in the federal tax code, contributing to a sense of inequity and distrust in the system. Local infrastructure issues, such as flooding and sewage problems, further erode trust in how tax dollars are utilized at the community level.

In essence, the survey underscores widespread dissatisfaction with the tax system and government spending, highlighting the need for transparency, equity, and accountability in tax policies and expenditures.