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Taxing times

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Each year, tax day comes at a cost to American workers (This year it’s on April 17). Or, for the lucky lot, tax season can be a cash cow for the personal pocketbook.Those expecting a return from the Internal Revenue Service and the Colorado Department of Revenue can either store their money in savings or splurge by spending a little cash on themselves. From a Vegas vacation to a new vacuum for spring cleaning, there’s plenty of ways to make the season brighter:• Catch the travel bug – Spring deals are available, especially last-minute travel by April 30, for those looking to get away for a week or a long weekend. Relax on the beach in Cancún, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Los Cabos or Riviera Maya. Or head to the big city for shopping, world-class restaurants and sight-seeing in Las Vegas (only an 8-hour drive from Glenwood), New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami or San Antonio.• Rock down to Electronic Avenue – Been eyeing that new digital camera, MP3 player or widescreen plasma TV? Cash in those refund checks and tune into the newest electronic gadgets hot this spring season. has discounted prices on Olympus Stylus digital cameras, Sony Handycam Camcorders and Apple iMac Desktop computers for all those techies out there.• The downlow on DVDs – One of the newer trends in DVD releases is the offering of complete seasons of televisions hits such as “CSI,” “24” and HBO blockbusters “The Sopranos” and “Entourage.” But who knew ’70s sitcom hits such as “One Day at a Time,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Mork and Mindy” would make their comebacks in DVD fashion? Visit to order new releases and view coming attractions. Na-nu, na-nu.• Fresh and clean – Spring cleaning is made easy with the iRobot Roomba, an automated vacuum that does all the floor cleaning work while you watch “Happy Days” on DVD. Just like the Jetsons. Or keep up with the Joneses with an innovative, top-of-the-line Dyson vacuum – all the rage with the homemakers and housekeepers. The neighbors will be so jealous.

What about the poor souls who owe?• Work it off – French writer and historian Voltaire once said, “Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.” A part-time or new full-time job may be in order to pay those pesky penalties. A quick glance at the classifieds shows a need in the Roaring Fork Valley for administrative assistance, landscaping support and hospitality help. • Unload here – This week, a Minnesota woman announced she’s selling most of her belongings on eBay. The motive was to make a move out west easier, but selling stuff you don’t use or need can generate extra cash. And make spring cleaning a lot easier. Consignments stores from Rifle to Aspen can help unload gently used items and clothing.

• Bust out the budget – Owing on taxes could be the best thing that ever happened to all those big spenders out there. Visit to read real-life posts on how to save on everything from gas bills to nail care. The site also features a fun calculator to estimate how long it will take to become a millionaire. Start pinching those pennies.• Don’t pay to file – The IRS offers its Free File electronic filing program for eligible taxpayers seeking federal tax preparation at no cost. Since Free File’s debut in 2003, more than 15.4 million returns have been prepared and e-filed through the program. Free File allows taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less in 2006 to e-file federal tax returns for free. According to the IRS, 70 percent of all taxpayers – 95 million taxpayers – qualify for Free File. The Colorado Department of Revenue offers two free electronic filing services to file Colorado income tax returns: Colorado NetFile and Colorado TeleFile. Taxpayers can file state returns either online or by touch-tone telephone. NetFile and TeleFile are available 24-hours a day throughout the income tax season, and most Colorado filers are eligible. Visit and for more information.And remember, it’s almost over – until next April.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601

aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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