Clovis residents pushing tax envelope

Steven Hall files his tax returns late Thursday night at the Clovis downtown Post Office. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer

It was nearly 10 p.m. on April 15 — tax day — when Howard Loflin walked into the downtown post office in Clovis to mail his tax forms.

Why didn’t Loflin get his taxes in earlier?

“Because I didn’t get them done and I hate turning loose anything to the government until I have to,” said Loflin, wiping his brow and pushing up his cowboy hat a notch.

“Most of the time I do it before now,” Loflin said.

Annoyance at the government was a common theme among those who explained their reasons for filing before the midnight deadline.

Felix Lopez of Clovis said he already filed his federal tax forms because he’s expecting a federal refund, but waited to file his state taxes because he owes money to New Mexico.

“I had it done long ago, H&R Block prepared this, I just didn’t want to send it in until now,” Lopez said.

Keith Miller, a Phoenix resident working at Cannon Air Force Base, said if he has to pay taxes, he’s not going to pay them early — but he’s also not too annoyed.

“I’ve been busy working trying to make more money so I can pay more taxes,” Miller said. “I’ll give you a quote from my father: ‘I don’t mind paying taxes, it means I have made money already.’”

Some people weren’t mad but had different reasons for waiting to file.

“I almost forgot about it; my mom reminded me this morning,” said Herman Cordova of Clovis.

“Just all kinds of other things were going on,” said Lemuel Perry, who moved to Clovis late last year. “I didn’t do this last year, but if I have to pay taxes, it’ll be at the last minute I can.”

Carol Dorazio of Clovis called the Clovis News Journal offices about 11 p.m. to find out when the Clovis post office would close for the night, and was glad to learn she still had an hour left.

“I tried to get it done over the Internet and they’ve been blocked up all day,” Dorazio said. “My father-in-law was trying this morning and I tried from 7 to 9 p.m. and we kept getting messages saying they were blocked up by heavy traffic.”

Dorazio said she usually files early and planned to file early this year as well.

“I had done the paperwork back in February,” she said. “We were going to file moving expenses with a different form but didn’t get around to it.”

Leslie Cull drove all the way from Portales to Clovis to file her returns.

“I’m procrastinating,” she said. “I had to pay, I had too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.”

At least one person said there’s no way he could have filed until this week and he wasn’t happy about it.

“I usually file electronically by the middle of February,” Clovis resident Steven Hall said.

“I just moved here from Delaware and I didn’t get my W-2s,” Hall said. “The whole thing was messed up. I just got my W-2s last week.”