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Give and Take of Tax Rebates

July 31, 2001

To those suddenly altruistic people who are offended by their modest tax refund and are giving it away to charity, I commend you. However, if we had not been overtaxed in the first place, this charity could have had your modest contribution last year and maybe a little more, and it would not have cost millions and millions of dollars to send it back to us. Americans are very charitable people, especially when they have money in their pockets. Why take it from us in the first place?

Doug Jones

Long Beach

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For those who feel that the federal government should keep the tax-relief money, I would suggest that they give the money to their local school board or some charitable organization, etc. That way it wouldn't be going through so many bureaucratic hands and be diminished in amount.

Medabelle Bridger

Apple Valley

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Many low-income families are getting a letter from the IRS stating that they will be getting nothing this year from President Bush's tax refund program. Instead of getting 5% of their taxable income, the IRS is subtracting nonrefundable credits from that amount, which will bring their refund amount to zero. Many people who claim the child tax credit, the child care credit and/or the education credit are finding that they won't get anything back this year. This problem isn't affecting many wealthy taxpayers.

Darren Haylock

Palmdale

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