Washington (Nov. 3, 2003) -- While nearly three out of every four Americans say that personal integrity remains the strongest deterrent to non-compliance, some four of 10 people said that fear of an audit serves as a powerful deterrent to not filing their taxes, according to the IRS Oversight Board’s 2003 survey of taxpayer attitudes.

According to the poll conducted for the IRS Oversight Board by researcher RoperASW, 75 percent of those polled said their own personal integrity has the greatest influence on their honesty levels with regard to paying and reporting their taxes.

-- WebCPA staff

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