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The Individual Taxpayer Burden Survey is an important project that can benefit you and millions of other taxpayers.
We hear from taxpayers that preparing and filing tax returns are time consuming and expensive. We are conducting a survey of randomly selected taxpayers to learn more about those costs.
Responses from taxpayers will help us update estimates of the amount of time and money people spend preparing their tax returns each year. We also use this information to learn how to reduce taxpayer burden. All information provided will be used for research purposes only and participation is voluntary.
Only those taxpayers who are randomly selected may participate in the study. Data is being collected over the course of the next year, so you may still be selected even if you have not yet received an invitation. We estimate that it will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete the survey.
This survey is being conducted by Westat on behalf of the IRS. Sample copies of the English-language and Spanish-language survey and IRS letter that invites taxpayers to participate in the survey are provided below
ITB18 Survey – English (PDF)
ITB18 Survey – Spanish (PDF)
Sample Tax Year 2018 IRS Letter - English (PDF)
Sample Tax Year 2018 IRS Letter - Spanish (PDF)
We hope you will decide to participate in this study. Together we have an opportunity to advance our understanding of taxpayer burden. Thank you.