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April 15 May Be the Least Popular Day on the Calendar. Ready?

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BARRY RIVERA
Age 24
Resides Queens
Occupation Janitor

How much do you resent paying taxes? Paying them makes me so mad. The more you work, the more the city takes. In fact, everyone should work directly for the government because that's what we're doing anyway.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? Education. Public school education stinks. I'd pay to get better teachers. They should be making as much as those athletes who get paid $120 million to go up and down the court. They don't even play every game. Teachers have to show up every day.

What would you divert money from? Anything that helps fund the death penalty.


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ANA REISELMAN
Age 21
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Student

How much do you resent paying taxes? I'm in my last year of school and I'm concerned about a lot of issues, none of which include income taxes. I'm an active feminist and an organic vegan. Taxes are one of the things I haven't thought about yet.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? Something to do with the elimination of slave labor in other countries. Important issues.

What would you divert money from? Corporate bailouts and military spending.


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ALEX BERJIAN
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Trader

How much do you resent paying taxes? Not that much. I think paying taxes is part of being an American.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? Universal health care.

What would you divert money from? Military spending. We have a big enough military. If we're going to go to war with another country, we're going to win. We need to spend money on making people smarter and happier.


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BRANDON LEE
Age 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

How much do you resent paying taxes? I'm an international student, so I don't pay U.S. taxes. I'm originally from Korea, where income taxes are a lot lower. In Scandinavian countries, you pay over 50 percent of your income, but the government provides a large number of social benefits, including national health care.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? If I did pay taxes here, I'd want my money to go to upgrading school facilities in inner-city areas.

What would you divert money from? Residual military research. All that money should be spent on medicines and sent to poorer countries.


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T.J.
Age 24
Resides Manhattan
Occupation MC

How much do you resent paying taxes? The more you make, the more they take. I've paid this year's taxes already. Pay them or they put you in jail. They give you an ultimatum.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? Rebuilding Manhattan and putting more people back to work.

What would you divert money from? I don't think any more money should be spent on the families of the people who died in the World Trade Center. I understand they lost loved ones, but the money isn't being distributed equally.


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GWEN BEETLE
Age 28
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Sales agent

How much do you resent paying taxes? It's a little infuriating because when self-employed people pay their taxes, there are so many things they end up paying for. They pay taxes and they pay for their own health care.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? I'd want my taxes to address womens' health issues. Things like reproductive education and access to birth control.

What would you divert money from? Military research. I believe that a military is necessary, but not the invention of new bombs and new biological weapons. The government doesn't need to be spending additional money on that.


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DANNY SUGGS
Age 29
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Personal trainer

How much do you resent paying taxes? I'm an independent, so the way I file allows me to deduct certain things that work out to my advantage. Along with a lot of other people, I was surpised to find that last year's $300 rebate was actually an advance.

If you could direct your taxes, what would they pay for? The homeless. I'm originally from urban Virginia and I'd never been exposed to a situation like the one we have in New York.

What would you divert money from? The constant road construction. It's a vicious cycle. They put down the new road, then tear it up again. It's unnecessary. No sooner does a pothole get filled in then it becomes a car-hole.

 
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