It’s inevitable: Vail residents talk taxes |

It’s inevitable: Vail residents talk taxes

Scott N. Miller
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VAIL – What’s the difference between death and taxes? Most of us aren’t sure when we’re going to die.The deadline to file state and federal income tax forms is midnight on Monday, April 17. The big day is usually April 15, but when that day falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended until the following Monday. Friday, a handful of folks at the Vail Post Office talked about whether they’d filed their taxes, whether they’re writing checks or getting refunds, and how well they think the government is spending their money.In absolutely nothing of a surprise, no one interviewed for this story thought their money was being well spent. There were, of course, different opinions about just how tax money is being mishandled.

“I don’t like where my money’s going, especially to the war. I don’t mind paying taxes for social programs,” Susie Tjossem said. “The president even says we can spend our money better than the government can,” Scott Halstead said. “They spend our money very poorly.”John Turchan said he supports the war effort, but wonders about spending. He said he’s disappointed that a Republican president, working with a Republican congress, can’t seem to control federal spending.”It sure seems like there’s fat in the budget,” he said. Turchan was a rarity among the people quizzed Friday, in that he’d filed his taxes a few weeks ago. In fact, he was expecting his refund check from the state before the filing deadline.

“I filed electronically,” he said. “I used Turbo Tax and did it myself.”Of course, Turchan is getting refunds.Cindy Monell was putting her returns – with payment checks in the envelopes – into Friday’s mail. “I’m early,” she said. Asked how she thought the government took care of her money, Monell could say only, “Ehhhhh…”

While a lot of people file close to, or right at, the deadline, Tax Day comes and goes without a whimper for others. Taxes are still inevitable, but extensions can put off the pain a bit.Tom Korchowski owns a business, so he’s been sending estimated tax payments to the feds through last year. He filed for an extension anyway.”We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’ll find out by September,” Tom DuBois said. “I expect I’ll break even when I do file.”

Whether people wrote checks or are getting refunds, Debra Keller summed up the feelings of most when it comes to taxes:”They always keep way to much of my money,” she said. ================By the (really big) numbers:

$13 trillion: Estimated gross domestic product for 2006$5.1 trillion: Total federal debt$6 trillion: Estimated 2006 wages and salaries for all employees$964 billion: Estimated individual income taxes for 2006======================

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or Vail Daily, Vail Colorado

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