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How Much Do We Hate Doing Our Taxes? According to This Study, A LOT

March 23, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Staff Writer

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for your in-laws.

Changing a baby’s diaper.

Painting your house.

Breaking your arm.

What do these all have in common?

People would much rather do any of them than prepare their taxes.

People Would Go to Incredible Lengths to Not Do Taxes

In a recent study, WalletHub surveyed 1,000 taxpayers to discern their feelings surrounding everyone’s favorite upcoming due date.

And some of the findings aren’t just interesting — they’re hilarious.

If you think the activities above sound rough, 13% of folks surveyed would rather spend a night in jail than prepare their taxes.

And 32% would rather fold 100 fitted sheets.

I’ve watched this video at least 10 times, and I still can’t even fold one.

When asked what they’d do to never have to file taxes again, respondents really raised the stakes: 11% would scrub Chipotle toilets for three years, 10% would stop talking for six months, and 8% would name their firstborn child “Taxes.”

Equivalent numbers of those surveyed — 4% — would be willing to spend an entire year in jail… or kill someone.

Uh, guys. Taxes aren’t THAT bad.

Need Tax Help?

If you’re one of the people who’d rather miss a connecting flight (*shudder*) than do your taxes this year, you’re in the right place.

We’ve found eight places to file your taxes for free, and we’ve got you covered on avoiding filing errors, too.

If you’re a parent, check out these nine credits or deductions you might be qualified to receive this year. What better motivation for filing than free money — am I right?

And if you’re scratching your head as a freelancer, whose taxes are infinitely more confusing, we’ve got resources for you, too.

Still confused? Here’s where to get free tax filing help.

And besides, there’s always a silver lining. Who else is looking forward to that refund check?

Your Turn: What would YOU rather do than file your taxes?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems. She finished her taxes in February because… free money!

by Jamie Cattanach
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