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Published: Jun 29, 2020 6 min read
Jade Schulz for Money

Tax Day may have been pushed back a couple months, but Americans' fear of getting audited is surfacing right on schedule.

Earlier this year, the IRS delayed the deadline for filing individual income taxes to July 15 due to the coronavirus crisis. In the meantime, the agency has been totally slammed sending out some 160 million stimulus payments — to the extent that it briefly stopped answering the phones. It's an understatement to say there's a lot going on.

But should you still be afraid of getting audited?

Mark Steber, Jackson Hewitt’s chief tax information officer, said it’s not unusual for your blood to run cold at the thought. A recent Money/Synchrony survey found that 35% of women and 21% of men dread tax time.