Study Finds Married Couples Lie about This the Most (& It’s Not What You Think)

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Who makes more money in your household? Is it you? Your spouse? Maybe it’s your 16-year-old who wisely started their own YouTube channel and monetized it? Chance are, you probably won’t fess up the truth, as it turns out married couples lie about who earns more money, particularly when the wife is the breadwinner compared to her husband.

A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that when women earn more, they don’t necessarily admit to it. The Census Bureau researchers reviewed income data reported to the IRS (i.e., what couples actually made) versus what couples reported on other government surveys. In other words, they looked at the official income on which the couples paid taxes and pitted it against what the couples “said” they made.

As it turns out, what the couples reported on their surveys didn’t always match-up to what they officially declared to the IRS. And before you start thinking that the couples in the study were just trying to pull something over on the IRS (or not pay taxes), they didn’t downgrade their income for the official documents. Instead, they inflated the husband’s earnings and while minimizing the wife’s income in these surveys.

If you’re the primary breadwinner in your family, you aren’t alone. According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, the number of husbands who earn more than their wives is on the decline—with the numbers dropping from 87 percent in 1980 to 69 percent, currently.

—Erica Loop

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