Overheard on CNN.com: Death, taxes may be certain, but procrastination is another story
Tax deadlines have stirred up a lot of conversation, both personal and political, in our comments sections.
April 13th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Death, taxes may be certain, but procrastination is another story

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Commenter Leecherius quoted that old saying about death and taxes. Most of us certainly tend to procrastinate about the former, and a sizeable portion prefer to put off the latter. You can always celebrate with wine at the end. So, why do we do wait?

There's still time left to file your taxes

For some, the answer lies in whether or not they owe money. Readers discussed online tax preparation and deadlines.

Sacto06917: "If your return is relatively simple and you earn under circa $65,000 per year, I'd recommend using the online tax filing services like TaxACT or TurboTax Online. That way, you just enter your entity information (name, address and Social Security number), your W-2 information, estimate payment information, and 1099-MISC, 1099-DIV and/or 1099-INT data and let the online system create the return."

jujutsuka: "I guess I don't understand why people wait until the last minute. Unless you've got all kinds of crazy investments or business dealings, it's not really a pain. For the average person who doesn't itemize, doesn't own a business, etc., there's really no excuse to wait ... you just up your stress level by putting it off. I've been using TurboTax for the last few years. I've never had trouble with it."

Pinky: "It's called "Procrastination". or laziness ;)"

ChrisInMN: "This year I owe $750. Why would I or should I pay it early?"

wfrobinette: "I had over $200,000 in income and used Turbo Tax online. Why pay someone to find deductions when they just aren't there.

Some people are feeling a little grouchy about the whole thing.

kellerr13: " 'There's still time left to file your taxes.' That headline sounds like a sales pitch for a used car or something. Here is another one: 'Withhold taxes and hit them where it hurts.' "

Revolutionra: "They already have your money if you are a normal taxpayer that withholds (you typically have to withhold to avoid an extra penalty tacked onto your taxes) so really the tax filing is just to make sure you gets your refund."

The political aspect of taxes is also garnering a pointed conversation.

Tax fight gets personal as Obama, Biden tax returns released

Some readers were fascinated by the numbers.

Debbie: "Well, the world now knows the Obamas are not rich. They didn't even make a million dollars. Come on Romney, bring out your tax papers."

Several readers were concerned about government assistance and personal responsibility.

ReallY!!?: "This whole demonizing of the rich is so ridiculous! Romney was never given anything. He donated his entire inheritance to charity and started fr scratch. To make them to be the evil rich is ridiculous. Instead of addressing the real problems of poverty and teaching people to be reliant on themselves, this administration just wants to keep giving handouts. Oh the poor waitress that has to work to feed her two kids. The Republicans want to take away her child care freebie. Really? I worked hard to put myself through college. I waited to have kids until I was married. And guess what, I'm not poor! What a freaking shocker! Why is that so hard to understand? Stop having kids at age 16. Get a freaking education or skill to take care of yourself and any kids that come along. Why is it the government's responsibility to take care of you?"

Some felt the rich were not contributing what they should be.

anagram_kid: "I personally would have no issue with 'job creators' paying a lower rate, if they could objectively prove they reinvested what would have been paid in taxes in actual labor costs. Case in point – how does the money Gov. Romney have in off shore accounts create US jobs?

This person said until the government shapes up, it shouldn't get our money.

Randy: "Why do we fight over this issue? The real problems don't get addressed. The government is wasteful, bloated, inefficient and panders to special interest groups (both sides). Until the government plays 'fair,' does their 'fair share' and 'plays by the same rules,' they shouldn't get any more of our tax dollars. Plus, there is a reason for a capital gains tax and why it is at a lower rate. The government has proven time and time again to be a poor guardian of our tax dollars and they don't deserve another dime from anyone. The GSA and Solyndra and the like has proven that the government has more than enough money. Raise the tax rates on the wealthy won't help me one bit. So instead of raising the tax rates on the wealthy, you lower the rates on the middle class. P.S. ... Obama's tax return proves that he ain't one of us."

Or, the other side of the fence.

justaminit: "Let me help with the math, President Obama paid 26% in income tax. Anyone who believes that Romney understands or cares about their financial problems is buying into a scam. He is a corporate warrior, who believes in keeping the money, some of which is in off-shore accounts. There is never enough money for these folks, no matter how much they have. He will never understand what it is like to walk in your shoes, struggle with bills, run out of money, or lose your job. Wake up middle class."

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Tic Toc Tic Toc

    April 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 14

    Already done, thankfully.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    I still maintain my purpose in life today, pretty much the same since I was 11 years old. Work, pay bills and TAXES, then die.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 16

      Ah, the circle of life.

      April 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. death?

    Death isn't for certain. At least that's what 85% of US believe. ( When you die, you aren't really dead. You either go str8 to heaven or str8 to burn in hell forver. That, and the raptured skyjumpers who can do no wrong. They're saved!)

    April 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 15

    I predict there is a death in my future.
    Taxes, too.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. breakingewes says

    No it isn't.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. taxes?

    Now, taxes ARE for certain. And certainly necessarry. But it's that pesky head tax that keeps following US wherever we go. It even followed our forefathers across the Atlantic like a demon seed, hatching greedy government and spawning the Federal Reserve system here along with the money funnel IRS. Audit the fed. (duh)

    April 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wolf god

    No, when you die you aren't dead. Dead people feel no pain. And according to most of US, being burned alive in hell forever is a distinct possibilty. Like, what holt roller thinks Hitler is going to heaven? Nope! You never die! (according to just about every freaking christian church in the world)

    April 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 18

    Taxes, while generally necessary, also generally suck.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 4-13-2013

    We headed for a fiscal cliff cause middle class is lazy.
    Death is transfiguration to physical existence in another dimension. Taxes there as well.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • 20

      Yay. We have a new date to obsess on. Yay.

      April 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 19

    I'm fairly certain that when I die, my body will be dead.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wolf god

    *holy roller. The "burn in hell you heathens" people. Mostly concentrated in the southern states, but can be found virtually everywhere.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 21

    Inline or 4 wheels?

    April 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Modern Scientist

    I can see where a grand designer of sorts may have influenced the universe, even a god with some moral value. But a god that comes with a burning hell? Or one claiming to have created the earth in 6 freaking days? Are you serious?

    April 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 22

    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky

    ~John Lennon

    April 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
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