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Fri., Sept. 6, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

IFF: Tax Commission Picks On Kids

All of this brings me to the story of Tayson Weeks, a 12-year-old Pocatello boy who has been targeted by state tax commission employees and told to remit the sales tax the government believes he owes for the sale of raspberries at his summertime roadside fruit stand. This is the same tax commission which, in 2010, attempted to shut down a Lewiston pumpkin stand operated by kids ages 4 and 6. Defenders of the tax commission will pound their chests and say nonsensical and thoughtless things like, “the law is the law and must be enforced at all costs.” Well, the law is stupid and its application is even dumber. There are thousands of businesses operating in Idaho and finite government bureaucrats to monitor them all. The state loses money every time it targets a child/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Should the Tax Commission leave Tayson and other juvenile entrepreneurs alone?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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