WASHINGTON -- Economic times are tough, but more Americans -- nearly 9 in 10 -- say it is "not at all acceptable" for people to cheat on their income taxes, according to a 2012 survey by the Internal Revenue Service.
The 87% figure was up 3 percentage points from the 2011 Taxpayer Attitude Survey, conducted by the IRS Oversight Board, an independent panel that tries to help the agency better serve the public.
Just 11% of respondents said it was acceptable to cheat on their income taxes, either "a little here and there" or "as much as possible." The figure was down from 14% in 2011.
Personal integrity was the main reason for not cheating, cited by 95% of the survey's 1,500 respondents, an increase of 8 percentage points from 2007.