The tax man cometh to Lewiston – get the kids in the house.
The Lewiston Tribune has reported that two officials from the Idaho State Tax Commission have expressed intent to close the pumpkin sales stand in the yard of Jacob and Sami-Lou Charais, age 6 and 4. Parents of the children explained the kids were selling the pumpkins to cover the costs of wrestling, T-ball and dance programs.
The tax commission stated that a roadside stand must have a permit before doing business in Idaho. The kids are required to collect sales tax and send the money to the state.
The commission has responded to widespread criticism by explaining that is was not the intent of the agency to actually close the operation. It was an “educational” visit to explain state requirements.
Parent, Kami Charais, stated that a tax commission agent, Patricia Gilmore, stopped by and advised the family to purchase a license or close down. Gilmore declined to address the issue and referred the inquiry to her supervisor.
Mom advised the kids will continue to sell pumpkins, and the stand is open.
Tax Wisdom – Try not to think of it as “your” money.
– Apocryphal IRS Agent