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(June 2002)
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Sunday, November 17, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

Where the money goes: A month in the life

Amy and Phil Crocker, with toddler Ian, say they don't feel unduly burdened by taxes. "When you look at all the taxes individually, none of them seem ridiculous," Phil Crocker says.

The Crocker family by the numbers — a graphical view
What they spent: Sales taxes
What they paid: Other taxes
Phil and Amy Crocker (35 and 30, respectively) live in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood with their 21-month-old son, Ian. After teaching seventh-grade English for several years, Phil formed a company to sell software and services to states for tracking and analyzing education data. Business varies, but this has been a good year: Their household income will be about $125,000 before taxes.

Raising Ian occupies much of the Crockers' free time, though they also enjoy the outdoors. Eating out is a couple-of-times-a-month indulgence.

For one month, the Crockers kept track of the taxes and fees they paid as they worked, shopped, ate and otherwise went about their lives. The numbers provide a glimpse into how Washington's tax system affects one family.

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The Proctors by the numbers
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