46% in N.Y. say their tax burden too high

By THOMAS ADAMS - 4/15/2013 3:22:53 PM

Some 46 percent of New Yorkers say they paid too much income tax, up from 43 percent last year, a Siena College survey released Monday shows.

The poll was unveiled on the last day to file 2012 tax returns.

Some 42 percent say they paid an appropriate amount of taxes, the survey found. Four percent say they did not pay enough and 8 percent did not know or refused to say.

Upstate respondents mirror the statewide trends, with 47 percent saying they paid too much, 42 percent saying they paid the right amount and 3 percent saying they did not pay enough.

In a breakdown by party affiliation, 40 percent of Democrats say they paid too much, 48 percent say they paid the right amount and 3 percent say not enough.

Among Republicans, 52 percent say they paid too much, 40 percent say they paid an appropriate amount and 2 percent say not enough.

Of 57 percent of respondents receiving a tax refund, 62 percent say they will use it to pay bills, with 39 percent planning to reserve a portion for emergencies and 15 percent stashing a portion for retirement.

Some 35 percent believe they are worse off today than a year ago, with 29 percent saying they are better off and 36 percent saying their situation is unchanged.

Some 48 percent believe the country’s best economic days are behind them, and 47 percent say the next generation will have to accept a lower standard of living.

Between 38 percent and 42 percent think neither Democrats and President Barack Obama nor the Republicans has a good plan to fix the economy.

“In so many ways, 2012 was another year of treading economic water,” poll spokesman Donald Levy said in a statement.

“While for so many New Yorkers little has changed in their financial lives, as we look forward, more than a third—about the same as a year ago—believe they will be better off on Tax Day 2014 than today.”

The survey was conducted April 2 through April 4, and April 7 through 10 with random telephone calls to 813 New York residents age 18 or older.

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