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Reader Polls Feedback for:  April 15, through April 24, 2010

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April 15 for US citizens is tax day and this week’s Reader Poll question deals with taxation. Currently a person has to pay taxes on casino winnings on slot machines when the jackpot is more than $1200 per win. Do you think casino slot machine winnings should be taxed?  What is your opinion? We want to hear from you!

PLEASE NOTE: The following text entries are the exact words of our readers
and may not be full sentences, correct grammar or correct spelling.

Reader Poll Replies:

I think all casino winnings should be tax free.  it is hard enough to win, let me keep my winnings.   Angel D  Winnipeg Canada

The rule is very old and with the economic problems most people fact if they are lucky enough to win, they should be able to keep all the money.  Janet L. Miami FL

For those of us that are not US citizens they tax us even more.... I really dont want them to keep my winnings, no taxation on gambling winnings. Ronald K  London England.

No taxes on winning. Are leader just waste it anyway & give it to the rich CEO.  gary smith   south bend, IN

I'm really not for taxes but we know we must have taxes. So yes they need to be taxed. But I would like to see it taxed a different way. Have the slot machine give just a little less odds. that way the machine is collecting from everyone each time its played. The casino
collects and pays a little more in taxes. That way, when we win, we don't have to pay. It would be so much less paperwork. And I think the government would get more than they get now.  Steve   Sedalia,Mo.

Definitely not! Hitting a jackpot should be a windfall solely for the player NOT Uncle Sam also!  Ruben Riesgo  Chester, NY

Within reason. The Government should not make it so difficult to claim or losses. Turn about, fair play.  Don Turner  Brunswick, ME

 I think the $1200 is too low of a limit....I would suggest something in the neighborhood of $1999, at least. It would be just my "luck" to finally win a few bucks playing the slots, only to have the government take a huge chunk of it!   Steven Tillinger   Cleveland, OH

Quite frankly No!. We have allready been taxed on the money we gamble with. (I.E.withholding taxes from our pay checks) So why should we be taxed again on the same money?  Chuck Merica  Omaha,NE

No, winnings should not be taxed That is not something we have worked to earn and the government has no right to any of that money.  V. Zayicek  Simpsonville, SC

No, casino winnings should not be taxed. This is only a game for enjoyment - why be penalized? Follow the lead of the Canadians -tax free lottery & casino winnings!   Gwen  British Columbia  Canada

Given that I've never won a jackpot of more than $1,200 I'd say yes slot machine winnings should be taxed. However, if I were to won a jackpot that large I might change my opinion. The only other means I can think of that may be possible would be to set up the jackpots in such a way that the jackpot amount advertised is exactly the winners prize with the taxes having already been subtracted from the prize amount prior to the win. Larry Strehl   Tampa, FL





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