Refund Policy

Your Tax Refund Check Is in the Mail. Happy?

imageESAU REYES
Age 26
Resides Bronx
Occupation Teacher

What do you think of this summer's tax refund? I think it's very political. There are people who really need the money, but I think it's designed so that when people get their checks, they're going to think, "That Bush, he's a great guy."

What are you going to do with yours?I've just come back to the city after 10 years in Puerto Rico. I'm here to get my master's degree. I'm not getting a check.

What else could the government have done with the money?They should have used the money to subsidize housing. Rent control is practically over, and pretty soon only the richest people are going to be able to afford to live here.


imageSTEVEN HUHA
Age37
Resides Queens
Occupation Chef

What do you think of this summer's tax refund? I think it's geared to help people, but I won't believe it until I see it.

What are you going to do with yours? I'm going to finish work on my '69 canary yellow Chevette. The way it's built, I could take out a tree at 55 miles an hour and hardly dent the grill. Cars these days, you hit a bird and it's over.

What else could the government have done with the money?Personally, I think the fact that so many people are homeless is outrageous. We have the billions to send the shuttle to space, but one trip not taken could save us a billion, and with that you could get all the homeless off the street.


imageSANDRA PERRY
Age42
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Caseworker

What do you think of this summer's tax refund? It really bothers me that not everyone's getting a refund. Welfare recipients pay taxes too, and they're not getting a check. Politicians should live the life before they make decisions that affect working people. The poor should be the first ones to get the money.

What are you going to do with yours?I'm between jobs, so I'm not getting one. I'd spend any money I got on school things for my 11-year-old son.

What else could the government have done with the money?They should have spent it on education and on improving reading skills for both students and their parents.


imageSANTO
Age19
Resides Bronx
Occupation Artist

What do you think of this summer's tax refund?Giving money back is good, but our priorities are messed up. Giuliani has enough money for a stadium, but not enough to feed the homeless?

What are you going to do with yours?I'm not getting one. If I were, I'd spend it on art and marijuana.

What else could the government have done with the money?In New York City, they should spend money on the police department to get rid of corrupt cops. More money should be spent on helping people with HIV and on changing the Rockefeller drug laws.


imageSALLY BLOCK
Age25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation After-school director

What do you think of this summer's tax refund?I'm not a Bush fan.

What are you going to do with yours? I'm going to invest it just because I know that's what he doesn't want me to do. Either that or donate it to a gun control group.

What else could the government have done with the money?After-school education. This tax cut isn't going to ward off a recession. I hope there's a disaster of some kind to make people wake up to what's going on. We don't see enough activism, and I feel bad that people in my age group don't vote.


imageKALKIN
Age22
Resides Bronx
Occupation Amateur boxer

What do you think of this summer's tax refund?I think it's cool that the government is making an effort to give something back, but the refund is so small that I don't think it's going to make much of a difference.

What are you going to do with yours?I got a letter saying I wasn't getting one. It's really chump change.

What else could the government have done with the money?Let's start working on health care.


imageNELLIE LINARES
Age23
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Student

What do you think of this summer's tax refund?I think it's good, but everyone should get a refund, not just certain people.

What are you going to do with yours?I'm not getting one, but if I were, I'd send some to my grandmother in Panama and help my mother with the rent.

What else could the government have done with the money?Help the homeless, improve schools, and develop a real health care system. The U.S. is so rich, but it's just like Panama in its attitude toward medical services.

 
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