Americans hate doing their taxes so much, one in four would rather spend an evening doing homework than doing their taxes, according to a new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the banking app Chime. Some would even rather dissect a frog (14%), take the SATs (11%) or take a calculus exam (9%).

The poll of 2-thousand U.S. adults also reveals:

  • People feel like they only use about half (52%) of the information they were taught in school in their everyday lives.
  • More than half (55%) admit they trust Google more than what they learned in school, and the average American Googles five basic questions every day.
  • A third (32%) say they were taught “nothing at all” about personal finances in their formal education.
  • What they did learn was less practical information, like the definitions of equilateral (72%), scalene (69%) and isosceles (57%) triangles, instead of financial info they could use like the difference between a W-2 and a W-4 (46%).
  • More than half (52%) of Gen Z respondents could identify the mitochondria as the powerhouse of the cell, while only 26% could correctly define “taxable income” as “money, property or services you earn through work, investments and other means.”
  • Nearly two-thirds (63%) consider themselves smarter than the average middle schooler, but 16% of both baby boomers and Gen X don’t think they are.
  • That may be why 81% of all respondents would be willing to take an “adulting crash course” to learn skills that are helpful for being an adult, like managing their personal finances (39%), how to do their taxes (33%) and home buying and mortgages (31%).
  • Americans think those topics should be taught in school, as well as workplace etiquette (44%), how to clean (25%), do laundry (22%) and relationship guidance (22%).

Source: SWNS Digital

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