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  • Over the past 50 years, Americans have consistently thought they pay too much taxes. The number who believe they overpay has risen about 10 percentage points since the early 1990s (currently 65 percent), though it has yet to return to its 1952 high of 71 percent.
  • Despite popular perception, Americans do not have a uniformly bad opinion of the IRS. Although the majority has a negative opinion of the agency, those who have had contact with agency members say they were treated fairly.
  • The 2001 tax cut fell in popularity after its passage. While 51 percent of Americans initially said they approved of President Bush's tax plan, after the legislation passed, only 36 percent said it would be good for the country.
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