San Antonio (April 1, 2003) - Taxpayers say "Law & Order" and "Survivor" best describe the process of filing their taxes, according to a poll by SBC Communications Inc.

About one-third (34 percent) of participants in the national survey said the popular drama "Law & Order" best described their 2002 tax filing experience, while 31 percent chose the reality show hit "Survivor." Ten percent of respondents feel the question and final-answer process of filing their taxes is similar to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Another 8 percent chose "ER", while 3 percent picked the "Weakest Link" to describe their tax filing process.

When given a choice of celebrities to help complete and e-file their taxes, 28 percent of respondents chose Bill Gates, saying he would be best to have on hand in case of computer or Internet problems. Fifteen percent chose Donald Trump to help them make millions, while the same number chose Dave Letterman to help keep their spirits up. Another 12 percent picked news talk show host Bill O'Reilly, while 11 percent opted for Oprah Winfrey. Five percent wanted chef Emeril Lagasse to pamper them with comfort food.

So, what are those taxpayers lucky enough to receive a refund this year going to spend it on? More than a third (38 percent) plan to pay off bills lingering from the holidays; 27 percent plan to save the cash to use on a rainy day; 13 percent plan to put the money towards a vacation.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire Staff

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