Tax time is now a fluid deadline

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By Ralph Damiani

Was a bit troubled by the news out of the governor’s office, but you be the judge.

See, he has hired more than 100 tax preparers who will be mobilized throughout the state this Wednesday to help New Mexicans file their 2007 state income tax return so they can get the recently passed fuel tax rebate.

Gov. Richardson declared Oct. 8 New Mexico Tax Rebate Day as part of what he calls “an unprecedented outreach effort to ensure eligible New Mexicans receive their state tax rebate.”

This is all well and good – or is it? We thought there was a deadline to file your taxes? And we thought that deadline was April 15?

And we also thought that if you did not file by that date, there were penalties, fees and the like.

So what gives?

The state says that many New Mexicans are not required to file, including veterans living on disability, seniors living on social security, active duty military and National Guard, Native Americans living and working on tribal land and lower income families.

If that is so, why was the rebate passed for low-income folks knowing that they do not have to file the required form?

So now, we have to not only pay the rebate, we have to pay for the taxpreparers also?

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