Rochester residents react to tax day 2019

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – It’s a day traditionally met with scorn, the annual reminder not all of your paycheck is yours.

We’re talking about tax day, where this year might be stinging a little more than normal for some taxpayers.

Despite the Monday deadline, it was business as usual at the Rochester post office.

We found reaction to filing this year is mixed.

Most Rochester residents we spoke with said they already filed their tax returns online or through the mail.

But of course, there are some deadline driven tax payers getting that paperwork done Monday or seeking an extension.

With the recent changes in the federal tax laws, some tax payers had to pay in.

“It hurts my pocketbook, that’s for sure because I’m retired,” said Omar Humphrey. “I’m on a fixed income.”

Nearly half of the tax payers we spoke with said they really didn’t notice much of a change in their taxes compared to previous years.

Others were caught off guard, by having to pay in for the first time or having to pay in more than normal.

“Obviously we want to have good roads, good schools,” said Carole Shulman. “We want to have the benefits of the taxes. I think that this year, it was the shock of the difference of what we’ve paid for in the past.”

Some people were even surprised to receive a bigger tax return this year compared to last.

“I got more money back this year than I did last year,” said Michael Ryan.

“It was very nice because I’m a single income so it really was nice to get a little more back,” said Tawn Robertson.

One recently retired taxpayer noted a detail others may have overlooked.

“Some people are saying they didn’t get the refund back that they use to get, which could mean they got a little more in each paycheck and didn’t change their W-4,” said Craig Manahan. “Other people are just saying it didn’t make much of a difference.”

According to a report from the non-partisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, more than 65 percent of American tax filers will see relief from their tax burden by at least $100.

Sarah Gannon

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