Oklahoma's First Tax Day Baby Receives College Fund Check

Tuesday, April 15th 2014, 7:43 pm
By: News 9

An old expression is the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes. For the Ta family, there's one more guarantee. The start of a college fund for their 16-hour-old baby boy.

"When someone comes to you on tax day, it's usually a nightmare," Duy Ta said.

Just about everyone and their mother knows it's special to be born on holidays like Christmas and New Year's, but to come into this world on tax day.

"I was tired, so I wasn't sure if I heard her correctly," Ta said.

That's actually profitable.

Ta said, "I heard baby and tax day, and I thought, 'Oh my God, are we being double taxed?'"

What proud new dad, Duy Ta, actually heard was that his brand new son, Quan, born at 2:07 a.m., was the first baby born at Mercy Hospital on Tax Day. As a reward, he was named Oklahoma's first ever Official Tax Day Baby.

"We're on cloud 9," said Ta. "My wife is doing the hard work here. Let's not forgot the real star here." 

But Quan is the star of the future, receiving a $1,500 check from TIAA-CREF Financial Institution, Inc., which is about four times his body length.

"A little bit you feels like you shouldn't be here right now," State Treasurer Ken Miller said.

The check is going straight to Quan's brand new college fund.

"We want people to start early, so college can be attainable and they can get that degree," Miller added.

If dad and the state treasurer have their way, that degree will stay right here in the Sooner State.

"Boomer sooner, if not OU, than any Ivy League will do," Ta said.

"As an OU grad, I would have to say boomer sooner to that," Miller added.

And if you're curious, the Ta's taxes are filed.

"We did, just yesterday," Ta said.

The state also offers a sweepstakes for newborns to receive a college fund check, which Quan will be eligible for next year.