I just got done helping my neighbor file her 2002 federal income tax return(with TurboTax). Not surprisingly, she is getting MORE than what she had withheld from her salary back as a refund. This is mainly due to the fact that she has a child that she can claim. Now, she is not poor by any means, at least not in my opinion. Her gross income for the year was around $26,000 which may not sound like much to many of you, but the cost of living here is rather low. In fact, according to the most recent census figures, the median HOUSEHOLD income in my ZIP is only $27,500! So here's my question. Why is it that a single person with no children who earned the same salary that she did has to pay about $2,600 in federal taxes, but because she has a child, my neighbor not only is expempt from paying taxes, but she actually gets PAID with federal tax dollars pretty much just because she has a child? Is this fair? So why do "poor" people who have children complain about federal taxes? Do they want even MORE free money from other tax payers like me? I am finding it very difficult to understand why people say that poor families are overtaxed. Are they even taxed at all? By the way, my neighbor's tax liability for 2002 was -1.6%. And yes, she bitched about taxes the whole time. She doesn't get any child support for her child because she has no idea who the father is(why she told me this...I just don't know), but the way I see it, she does get about $250 per month in child support - from Uncle Sam.