Thursday, May 18, 2006

The IRS and Latinos/Latinas: Is Something Being Lost in the Translation?

Market research firm Encuesta surveyed over 600 people (321Hispanics and 305 Non-Hispanics) about tax perceptions, knowledge and experience. Hispanic taxpayers were more likely to get a refund (73% vs. 62%) and less likely to pay taxes than non-Hispanic taxpayers. Hispanics were less familiar with tax incentives, including retirement savings and charitable giving and more likely (21% to 10%) to recruit a paid tax preparer. Hispanics were also less likely to be audited by the IRS and more skeptical of a national sales tax than non-Hispanics have been.

Sounds to that the IRS needs to provide basic tax preparation skills where possible and possibly increase the accessability of Spanish-language publications.


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