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Have you done your taxes yet?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on April 12, 2006

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Photo of Lori Kukuk

“They are at the accountant’s, and hopefully they’ll be done by the end of the week.”

Photo of Justin Montoya

“No. I’m pretty much waiting until the last minute. I’m glad I have an extra couple of days.”

Photo of Murray Walton

“Someone did them for me. They’ve been done for a couple of weeks, but they’ll be mailed at the last possible second. There will have to be a big check enclosed.”

Photo of Jackie LaVoie

“Yes. I did them a month ago because I had to file for FAFSA (student financial aid).”

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enochville 9 years ago

Yes. I did them around the first week in February.

Jay Bird 9 years ago

Since there are some many Illegal Mexicans here, can we pay in paso's?

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

I'm still trying to figure out how to deduct Klondike Bar expenses. What would the IRS do for one?

Seriously, no, I haven't yet done my taxes. This week became unexpectedly full.

neopolss 9 years ago

Yes. I used the time I spent on these forums as a charity deduction. Considering the amount of time spent here, the deduction was quite high.

craigers 9 years ago

Had them filed and my return money back to me by the end of February, just in time to pay Uncle Sam for my property taxes on our cars. There's always some tax to be paid.

paladin 9 years ago

Would someone please splain to me what it is you are talking about? Is this in the citsenship handbook? The money that I have is mine and I want to keep it for myself and my family. I should not want to give it away for no good reason to some other people who I do not know. Thank you.

betti81 9 years ago

i did mine as soon as i received my w-2s. i hope to have a couple more years of getting money before i have to give it.

paladin 9 years ago

How is it that you are able to get money from your government?

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

I'm a little concerned that Lori does not seem to have confidence that her accountant will have them done by the end of the week.

RonBurgandy 9 years ago

I had mine done back in March, and I owed a crap ton of more money. Stupid government got me good, still a little hard to sit down without the donut.

acg 9 years ago

I did them back in January. Since I had a kid last year this is the first time I've ever gotten back more than a few hundred bucks. Kids are awesome, btw. If I had known the little jewels were worth all of those deductions/credits, I would've done this years ago. For '04 I think I got back $380 but for '05 it was like 3k. Yay EIC and child tax credits!!

Linda Endicott 9 years ago

Yes, got them done and mailed in March. Doesn't do much good to procrastinate. They get you anyway.

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

I want to deduct the taxes I might owe this year. Would that be a continuous loop until I wouldn't owe anything? That's my goal.

sunflower_sue 9 years ago

paladin, I'm sure you know all about citizenship. Try moving to England and see if the tax situation is any better there. I'm sure if you got a nice job teaching at a university you would do quite well for yourself.

p.s. Lori, I know you! You are a cool chick, my friend!

Taxes: e-filed, checks mailed. Hopefully done!

sunflower_sue 9 years ago

TOB, babies suck brain cells. You'll, unfortunately, never get them back. Say adios, amigo.

RonBurgandy 9 years ago

The apostrophe protection society? Watch out TOB, the APS is on your back now.

acg 9 years ago

Is this your first baby TOB?

RonBurgandy 9 years ago

Does anyone else think that Murray stayed at the tanning salon a little long?

Or maybe he is a spring breaker...

acg 9 years ago

You're right about the sucking of the brain cells SS, I've never been so tired or stupid in my entire life but it's probably the most fun I've ever had. I want more babies, now. Lots of them, but I can't get my hubby on board. I keep telling him each one is a tax deduction, but he won't listen.

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

Well, it doesn't look like a white balance problem for Murray's picture, so either he overdid the tanning salon or he sprayed himself with too much sun.

staff04 9 years ago

Not paid yet but calculated and ready to send. Had two employers this year. One really hurt me by not withholding enough.

How does that happen when I claim Zero exemptions on my W-4?

acg 9 years ago

You guys kill me.

Maybe Murray's an illegal immigrant from Oompah Loompah Land. If so, we should shoot him. ; )

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

Well, if he was escaping intolerable conditions in Oompah Loompah Land, then we shouldn't shoot him. Let's just use him for cheap labor.

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

"Taxes" and "Texas" are eerily similar in spelling. Does that mean anything? I know we have Texans here.

Eagle_aye 9 years ago

I had mine done back in March, and I owed a crap ton of more money. Stupid government got me good, still a little hard to sit down without the donut.

I know I will need one of those! I have to pay for the first time ever!

beatrice 9 years ago

The apostrophe protection society - I hear they are quite possesive.

paso's?!? Talk about stupidity squared. I suspect it won't be difficult to spot the one among us who rides the little yellow bus to school.

Regarding the question: Taxes? I don't need to pay no stinking taxes. (Besides, with a 9 trillion + dollar deficit, I just assumed all tax collection had been halted until sometime in the future.)

linux_chick 9 years ago

We're supposed to file taxes?

When did this lunacy start?

Jay Bird 9 years ago

Whoo hoo, gittin me some good lernin dis mornin' yes sir.

Really, I don't even care how it's spelled. In the good ol US of A, I can get by just fine on my English.

corrienteroper 9 years ago

Got the taxes done at the cost of over $300. Got a phone call the next day that they wouldn't go through, someone else already claimed one of the kids. Found out the ex-husband claimed 1 he shouldn't have. IDIOT! Had to go back and re-do them. Sent them off and got the check the next day! Then sent a copy of the divorce papers, had an amendment done, ($52), will send them off and screw the IDIOT! Life is good!!

bankboy119 9 years ago

happy, take a look at all the Mexicans, you don't even have to learn English to get by if you can speak Spanish.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

"Attorney Murray" up there needs to start investing in sunscreen.

Yes, bowhunter, that is somewhat fascist. What a crazy idea. Does someone think that free market capitalism suddenly stopped working for us?

paladin 9 years ago

I made a pilgrimage to what I thought was Texas to pay my Taxes, but it turned out to be Idaho. I thought that was where one must go. I tried to pay Paso's Taxes in Idaho, but they said that I could only do that in Texas. Now, I'm on the road again.

sunflower_sue 9 years ago

MD, yes, please!

RI, some things do require a certain amount of "input" from the hubby. I'm sure acg can get the hubby to "climb on board.";)

jonas 9 years ago

Everyone, take note. A danger is amongst us, and you have not noticed yet. Murray is as close to a plain slap on the face as we're going to get that the illegal Oompa Loompa immigration has gotten so much worse in the last few years that, before you even know it, the next time you slip and fall, you're going to be surrounded by folk singing and dancing at your unfortunate tragedy. Take heed.

And y'all are worried about Mexicans?

jonas 9 years ago

Whoops, beaten to the punch. Twice.


craigers 9 years ago

staff04, I really don't know what that is about the deductions being so small when you have 0 exemptions. That happened to my wife a couple of years ago. Her employer took hardly anything out for federal and even less for state.

TheEleventhStephanie 9 years ago

"The apostrophe protection society - I hear they are quite possesive."


Linda Aikins 9 years ago

Thanks MD - did you get the one I sent back?

Drew_Carey 9 years ago

I agree Stephanie, 50 pts for Beatrice.

And 50 pts for everyone who made an Oompa Loompa Immigration joke, 100 pts for the lawyer for giving them the set up.I will never go to a spray tanning facility again. Holy Great Pumpkins.

1000 pts for the site.

Somebody send me the jokes, or is this a private club?

beatrice 9 years ago

Glad you enjoyed that, 11thSteph.

There is no state tax in Texas, but their property taxes are quite high. Half dozen of one ...

Ever notice how some people who holler about the Nazi-like(?) limitations placed on corporations being allowed into town will also be the first ones who complain that the small town they grew up in ain't what it used to be? Similar to the illegal immigrant problem, one must pick their poison - slightly higher prices at mom and pop shops, or numbing corporate sameness for goods made by outsourced labor at a discount price. Your choice.

Speaking of such, I hear they built a Wal-Mart in China. The problem with this Great Wal-Mart of China is all of the customers complain -- because there are no foreign products on the shelves.

Linda Aikins 9 years ago

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State basketball coach Mark Turgeon's new 10-year contract extension includes a base salary of $750,000 per year, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The contract, signed Tuesday, runs through 2016 and raised Turgeon's annual salary by $290,000. He guided the Shockers to the NCAA regional semifinals for the first time since 1981.

Way to go Mark!

BorderRat 9 years ago

Taxes, Schmaxes... As long as between 12 and 20 million undocumented "immigrants" don't have to do their taxes, why should I?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

Mark's salary increased by $290,000. His tax liability has increased by $289,943.

Sigmund 9 years ago

linux_chick (geek girls are hot), said: "We're supposed to file taxes? When did this lunacy start?"

Actually paying taxes is a more or less just a suggestion by the federal government. Remember, this country revolted from England over taxation issues. The Boston Tea party (I think Earl Grey was served) was held on the 4th of July to celebrate the right to privacy as well as the right not to pay taxes. Being a voluntary activity feel free to participate. But note carefully, if you file you probably have to also pay. Therefore the best advice is not to file, become a mexican citizen (not subject to federal income tax, unlike social security) sneek across the border and when the INS comes to get you claim a right to privacy and serve them Earl Grey tea.

RonBurgandy 9 years ago

So what, I get left out of the joke tree?

beatrice 9 years ago

Sigmund: you got your history all mixed up! They certainly did not serve Earl Grey at the Boston Tea party. The very name stinks of aristocracy! They wanted to do away with the Kings, the Lords, the Dukes, and, of course, the Earls! So they served Darjeeling - with twists of lemon. Ask any fourth grader - they'll tell ya. Geez!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

The more I look at Murray, the Oompah Loompah Lawyer the more freaked out I get. Was there something wrong with the camera, or is he having an allergic reaction to something?

When it comes to painted on tans, you get what you pay for, Murray. Next time, avoid the Always Save brand.

Linda Aikins 9 years ago

when people say that have to enclose a "big check" or have to "pay a lot", are they bragging?

RonBurgandy 9 years ago

Gootsie - I am not bragging, I am as far from it as I can be. This is the first year that both my wife and I have had full time jobs, and we didn't take out enough and it came back to bite us in the patooty. I always looked forward to this time of year before, having to pay sucks.

Linda Aikins 9 years ago

Ron, did you get my joke?

Same with me on the pay this year thing. I didn't do it quite right and I have to send two small checks. haha

RonBurgandy 9 years ago

I got the joke, funny but true...

ms_canada 9 years ago

one peso = 20 cents two pesos = 40 cents Oh dear the value of the peso has dropped. Oh dear - the peso's value has dropped. One peso used to equal 30 cents :o) ''''' I am very possessive'''''

jonas 9 years ago

multidisciplinary: I'm actually 27, and I can't really remember what's on my profile, let me check. . . . . .


. . . . . . . Yeah, I guess I can see the problem. If it balances out anything, I'm also studying two languages, pursuing an MBA, and hopefully 5 or 6 years from now will be importing cartoons for your kids to watch! After all, there are some assets to being terminally something going on 10. I'll be a great hit with the grandchildren.!DVVc3BQngJWKnPfyYMVrtJAg50tdPw1PmrCmko9a4ztr14yCHkMIFIVETjPxHfI4YUwIYCnfiSzg06rd2i3SCzxYAcM8W/vash%20laughing.gif?dc=4675401830455813961

Tamara110 9 years ago

Taxes? Why should I pay taxes if all of the illegal Mexicans don't have to????? I thought we had a law that made everyone in this country equal.... o.0

classclown 9 years ago

Send me the joke as well please.

beatrice 9 years ago

Tamara, if those illegal Mexicans, as you put it, have it so much better than us tax-paying Americans, which is what you seem to be alluding to, why do you think they are marching to be accepted as citizens? Do ya think that maybe, just maybe, they would rather be accepted as productive members of the society in which they live and work, rather than remaining here illegally? This is the entire point of their marching. It also indicates their willingness and strong desire to pay taxes, as do the legal residents of our society.

Plus, you should know that they are legal Mexicans, but illegal immigrants in America. If they were illegal Mexicans, that would mean they are people breaking Mexican laws. If you want to whine about something, I suggest that you just complain that they are here illegally. With that you will be correct.

However, you should know that our labor system does not actually provide them the opportunity to pay taxes, even if they wanted to. They often work as day laborers and are paid in cash. Cash makes the whole illegal labor thing much easier for the employer. If we change this and allow the immigrants to have work visas and such, then we can actually tax their minimal wages. Now, since taxes seems to be your issue, wouldn't making their being here legal rather than their being here illegally really make you happier? Just something to chew on.

Tamara110 9 years ago

Oh Beatrice! Didn't you know that there is a LEGAL way of coming into our country?? If they wanted to become citizens and pay taxes, then they would have come to America the legal way. Just like the LEGAL MEXICANS did. :P

BOE 9 years ago

Posted by Tamara110 (anonymous) on April 12, 2006 at 6:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

" Taxes? Why should I pay taxes if all of the illegal Mexicans don't have to????? I thought we had a law that made everyone in this country equal.... o.0 "


(Figures are from The Center for Immigration Studies

The average illegal household pays more than $4,200 a year in federal taxes, for a total of nearly $16 billion.

About 43 percent, or $7 billion, of the federal taxes illegals pay go to Social Security and Medicare.


Remember to add your SS # to your check. ;)

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