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Lines long for city income taxes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

The line for city taxpayers was already to the door this morning and the finance director said it will probably be the same Tuesday.

"They've been steadily busy this year since starting in February," finance director Diane Eschen said. "We hoped people were filing early, but it goes in spurts."

The office is open until 4:30 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Four people work in the city income tax department, but Eschen said only two could see customers at a time because of legal confidentiality issues.

"I can't set up a table out by the water window," she said, because others in the office could hear the conversation.

Eschen said if people have all of the necessary tax documents pertinent federal schedules, a copy of the 1040, W-2 form they can figure out their city tax themselves and just drop off a copy of the documents and their payment in a sealed envelope at the water window. But the employees there are not allowed to look into the envelopes and give receipts.

Most of the people waiting in line were resigned to quite a wait.

"You just kind of forget about it until that bell goes off," Phillip Daniels said. He said he filed his state and federal taxes in January, but waits until the last minute every year for city taxes.

Freda Soisson said she also waits until the last minute every year for city taxes.

"I'm too lazy to get up here prior to that," she said with a laugh, adding that she files state and federal taxes early to get her refund back as soon as possible.

Angie Bovia stayed in line for almost 20 minutes, then had to leave for work. Unfortunately, she said, she knows she'll be waiting in line again this afternoon or Tuesday.

"They don't like it when I get up there," she said, because she has a list of 58 other cities her husband worked in last year and city workers must calculate each of those amounts to figure those against the city's 1.5 percent tax. The city will put portions of each to Norwalk's tax, but Bovia said she ends up paying every year and some of the taxes remain in the other cities where her husband had worked. Like many other people in line, Bovia filed her state and federal returns months ago.

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