WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Although April 15 is a day most mark on the calendar with a skull and crossbones, some Westchester County residents have come to peace with the passing of the annual ritual.
Tax Day represents the last chance for taxpayers to submit individual tax returns to the federal government without being in violation. It has become a day of celebration for accountants nationwide, and a day of dread for those signing the checks.
Most people have already filed their returns come April 15, with some already receiving their refunds from the government.
At the Mount Vernon Public Library, Ty Norman, 36, said he filed at the beginning of March online and got a near $500 refund.
“I always try to get it done early, especially now that I’m doing it myself. I wanted to make sure I had time to get everything right,” he said. “It worked out well, that’s a little more than I was expecting.”
In New Rochelle, Mamaroneck resident Caryn Elliot, 23, said she did her taxes on her own for the first time this year, something she described as “nerve racking.”
“There’s nothing like doing your taxes to realize how little you make,” she joked. “I just hope I didn’t mix up forms or numbers. I’ll know I did if I get audited.”
Tax Day is particularly noteworthy in Westchester County, where taxes are nothing new to residents. In Scarsdale, Robert Browne chalked up taxes to the cost of doing business.
“They aren’t the most pleasant thing, but it’s an obligation we each share at the same time every year,” he said. “It’s not something we can control, so I try not to pay too much mind to it.”