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Old 01-15-2013, 10:31 AM   #931
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If I was going to bring someone outside of my family I would probably try to bring it up. But definitely bring it up now and not after you were to win. That way they're not all stoked on a free trip and then you surprise them with having to help pay taxes.

I don't see anything wrong with wanting them to help you on on the tax side just as long as you bring it up early and figure out your options.
I agree!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:39 AM   #932
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all this tax bracket talk prompted me to search....I was thinking- how many of us here are really in the 30% tax bracket?? According to this, not many.

The two highest tax brackets are 33 and 35 percent. As of 2012, married couples filing jointly who earn between $217,450 and $388,350 and individuals who earn between $178,650 and $388,350 annually are in the 33-percent tax bracket.

The highest tax bracket possible is the 35 percent bracket, which includes married couples filing jointly who earn more than $388,350 and individuals who earn more than $388,350.

As of 2012, approximately 26 percent of all taxpayers were included in the 15-percent tax bracket, while fewer than 1 percent were included in the highest tax bracket. In fact, fewer than 3 percent of all United States taxpayers were included in the top three tax brackets ranging from 28 to 35 percent that year.


Tax Bracket Married Filing Jointly Single
10% Bracket $0 – $17,400 $0 – $8,700
15% Bracket $17,400 – $70,700 $8,700 – $35,350
25% Bracket $70,700 – $142,700 $35,350 – $85,650
28% Bracket $142,700 – $217,450 $85,650 – $178,650
33% Bracket $217,450 – $388,350 $178,650 – $388,350
35% Bracket Over $388,350 Over $388,350
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:40 AM   #933
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Personally I'd find that extremely rude. They didn't enter the contest, you did...and you offered to bring them out of kindness I'd hope.

Now if you make a deal with another couple let's all enter the contest in hopes by having 4 entries we may win and then if we're lucky and win we'll share costs.
That was my initial reaction as well - if I won a trip and invited them then I should leave it at that. But then I started thinking that in essence we'd be paying for their trip because we're having to pay for the trip as well with the taxes. I never in a million years would bring it up if the contest provided extra money to cover taxes.

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If I was going to bring someone outside of my family I would probably try to bring it up. But definitely bring it up now and not after you were to win. That way they're not all stoked on a free trip and then you surprise them with having to help pay taxes.

I don't see anything wrong with wanting them to help you on on the tax side just as long as you bring it up early and figure out your options.
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I agree!
That's a good idea! Although then I'd really feel like I was putting the cart in front of the horse Not that I haven't already with all the planning in my head!

Thanks for the input everyone!

All these fun hypothetical "problems" we come up with to plan for our hypothetical winning of the contest!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:56 AM   #934
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Haven't been around much lately, but glad to see there are as many people out there who believe they can win!!!! Best of luck to everyone!!!!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:02 AM   #935
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all this tax bracket talk prompted me to search....I was thinking- how many of us here are really in the 30% tax bracket?? According to this, not many.

The two highest tax brackets are 33 and 35 percent. As of 2012, married couples filing jointly who earn between $217,450 and $388,350 and individuals who earn between $178,650 and $388,350 annually are in the 33-percent tax bracket.

The highest tax bracket possible is the 35 percent bracket, which includes married couples filing jointly who earn more than $388,350 and individuals who earn more than $388,350.

As of 2012, approximately 26 percent of all taxpayers were included in the 15-percent tax bracket, while fewer than 1 percent were included in the highest tax bracket. In fact, fewer than 3 percent of all United States taxpayers were included in the top three tax brackets ranging from 28 to 35 percent that year.


Tax Bracket Married Filing Jointly Single
10% Bracket $0 – $17,400 $0 – $8,700
15% Bracket $17,400 – $70,700 $8,700 – $35,350
25% Bracket $70,700 – $142,700 $35,350 – $85,650
28% Bracket $142,700 – $217,450 $85,650 – $178,650
33% Bracket $217,450 – $388,350 $178,650 – $388,350
35% Bracket Over $388,350 Over $388,350
Ok well I don't make anywhere near $217K but on my Europe trip win I did pay $7K in taxes, this included state of California taxes as well. It all came out to about 30% of the trip value. I did bring my sister and nephew and they offered to pay there portion of the tax. :-)
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:16 AM   #936
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If I was going to bring someone outside of my family I would probably try to bring it up. But definitely bring it up now and not after you were to win. That way they're not all stoked on a free trip and then you surprise them with having to help pay taxes.

I don't see anything wrong with wanting them to help you on on the tax side just as long as you bring it up early and figure out your options.

Yikes, I would never ask someone that I was bringing along on a trip I won, to help pay for the taxes. That is the most bizarre thing I think I've read on here!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #937
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i've not seen it advertised anywhere but here!
I saw it on the DVC Facebook page.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:40 AM   #938
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Yikes, I would never ask someone that I was bringing along on a trip I won, to help pay for the taxes. That is the most bizarre thing I think I've read on here!
I don't think it's that bizarre to ask someone to help pay their share of the taxes. I don't think I'd bring someone who wasn't willing to help out. Yes, the person who won is responsible for the taxes but the small amount the guests would have to chip in is nothing compared to paying for an entire trip.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:44 AM   #939
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I don't think it's that bizarre to ask someone to help pay their share of the taxes. I don't think I'd bring someone who wasn't willing to help out. Yes, the person who won is responsible for the taxes but the small amount the guests would have to chip in is nothing compared to paying for an entire trip.
Ditto. I don't think it's that weird either. It's still an amazing deal for the friends who get asked along.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #940
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Yikes, I would never ask someone that I was bringing along on a trip I won, to help pay for the taxes. That is the most bizarre thing I think I've read on here!
I don't think it's bizarre at all. I'd rather someone offer to take me on a "free" trip to Disney if I paid the taxes than not take me at all! If my portion of the trip was going to cost someone $500 in taxes I would OFFER to pay it. They wouldn't even have to ask me to pay it.

Why should such a generous friend (one who would be willing to allow me to infringe upon their free vacation time) be expected to pay anything to cover my portion of the trip? That's how I see it, anyway.

It would be different if the prize came along with cash to cover the taxes, as some prizes do.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:58 AM   #941
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I haven't seen the contest advertised at all except the New Years Eve original announcement. Now between work, kids, long commute, and my home business I admit I don't get out much! But I don't exactly live under a rock either and I still haven't seen it.

I admit I'm disappointed in only one Dis winner. The contest is basically halfway over as of today. I hope the Dis luck will turn around!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:59 AM   #942
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Yes, my sister gave me $2000 and I was so grateful. Her and my nephew got flights, hotel, transfers, and their own balcony cabin on a 10 night cruise to Italy, Greece and Turkey. She was over the moon and I was so happy to have the $2k to help pay the taxes.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #943
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Ok so I have a question that has NOTHING to do with taxes If we did win and needed to add a 5th person. When would their items airfare and passes) need to be paid?? Also when all of you previous winner won, how did you check in to your hotel? We dont have large credit cards and I worry what kind of deposit they will want. Thanks in advance!! Also if there were parts of the package that you didnt want/need did the compensate you with GC for those or did you lose them? TIA
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:16 PM   #944
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Add me to the list of 'close calls'. I must admit that earlier today I was laughing at all the people jumping at every ring of the phone, and then today happened.

I'm a school teacher, and with about 5 minutes left in one of my classes, my cell starts to ring. I pull it out and see it's a 407 number. Now, this is not unusual at all since I live in Florida, but whenever a number calls me that I don't know I google it to see if I can figure out who it is first. Lo and behold, it's a Disney customer service line in Florida. My heart skips about 3 beats, and I say to myself, calm down, it's not the 212 number so it's probably something else.

Then I think, well I live in Florida, so maybe they have someone from the Florida office calling those numbers. (I never claimed I was a rational person, did I?)

I go outside to listen to the voicemail after my class is dismissed and am already trying to figure out if we should stay at Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian... and it turns out it was a call thanking me for writing guest relations with feedback about an incident that happened in the park. They were answering an email I wrote 2 weeks ago. Boo! Still glad for the call, but the timing and everything. BLAH!
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #945
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As of 2012, approximately 26 percent of all taxpayers were included in the 15-percent tax bracket, while fewer than 1 percent were included in the highest tax bracket. In fact, fewer than 3 percent of all United States taxpayers were included in the top three tax brackets ranging from 28 to 35 percent that year.[/I]
Curious usage of the word "taxpayer". I bet the source you are citing meant tax filer seeing as around 47% of tax filers either don't pay or get more than they paid in which would make them tax receivers.
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