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Taxes & Dandelions

I just remembered that today is tax day (my tax forms were mailed in last week, feels good to have been in early!)....so I figured I would be remiss in not taking advantage of the occasion to once again squelch the so-often repeated misinformation about the Amish & taxes.  Yes, the Amish DO pay taxes.  Not sure why some people think that they don't, but they do...trust me.  Lovina and Joe even go to H&R Block to have theirs done.  Other Amish just use local independent accountants, but H&R block does brisk business in Amish areas.

Also, last night marked the official beginning of dandelion season for the Eichers.  Lovina was able to pick enough greens to make a meal of dandelion salad for everyone.  The window of opportunity, though, is small, by mid-May the dandelion greens will be too mature which equates to a much more bitter taste.


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I told my daughter about Lovina's dandelion salad today and she's ready to go out in the yard and start picking!  LOL  (She's 5.)  She says she can pull up all the dandelions and make "Amish salad" with the leaves, color with the flowers, and curl the stems.  If it means fewer dandelions in the yard, I'm all for it!  ;o)

Rebecca

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Well, put her to work:)  The hardest part about fixing dandelion green salad is definitely picking them!  When Lovina's Mom would want to make dandelion jelly and her children were a bit older than 5 she'd reward each child by putting a 5-cent bounty on each blossom they brought her.  It was a lot of nickles, but the kids loved it....I don't know if  non-Amish children in today's world would be so motivated by a nickle....but it is  worth a shot!

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OMGoodness, I must be a lucky one, then!  My Rachael would be in Heaven if I paid her in nickles for this task!  She's a total sucker for change!

You know, I just might have to put her to work!  I think this might just be a great task to keep her busy while I'm turning over the ground in the garden.  Now if only the weather would make up its mind about spring...

Rebecca

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Re: Taxes & Dandelions

In March the daffodils greet us with their big bright yellow blossoms, April is my favortie though, my two youngest are little girls now 9 & 7, the first bouquet is always a surprise, everytime they go outside I am gifted with a little nosegay of April's bright yellow flower, dandelions! Over the weekend one of the girls found a "siamese twin" blossom! I had never seen such a thing, it had one giant stem which had fused together and then a double blossom!  

     

KJuneBug's picture
Re: Taxes - relief checks

So, Kevin, will the Eicher's (Amish) accept the extra checks the government is sending out to everyone in May?

Re: Taxes - relief checks

Oooh, good, good question.....I can shed some light  on this I think, but I'll save it for a blog post in the coming days...stay tuned!

LuvMaerz's picture
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"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

Kevin, while you are at it, I have another tax-related question.  Do the Amish get a $1000 tax return for each of their kids?  I mean, I know that we do, but just wondering if they accept that.  That could be a nice check for them with so many children!

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We always did ours early as well, until we started having to pay in - a lot!  Seems my other half forgot to take the kids off his W2 when they were no longer our dependants!

My son owns a gym and I am still waiting on his paperwork to do his - so guess I will be filling out an extension for him tonight to send in & then now that it is warmer, I can raid his office for the receipts & such that I need.  Gave him a folder last year and asked him to just put his receipts in there, but it didn't happen.

Cindy/KS

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Sounds like my sons, though I have to say that this year because my son is in Alaska  had to do his own taxes, he finally got it.  He called me when he was finish to tell me that he now realizes what/why I've been saying was actually the way to do things.  Especially keeping all receipts that are tax deductions in a file/box and putting them there as soon as you get them so you don't forget it.  Waiting a year to figure it out is just too hard!!!

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Well, the easy part is knowing if something is tax deductible because everything is for his business - he only has business receipts here.  The hard part if gathering it all since it can be anywhere in the office.

Cindy/KS

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I'm with you Luv get them done as sent in ASAP especially if I'm getting money back.  I always use Turbo Tax to do mine and my kids.  It really is easy and it walks you through step by step.  However this year I had to file a correction to my taxes.  Two weeks after I mailed it in (March), Ohio sent my husband the info where they refunded him taxes (can't believe I forgot that one).  It was only for 80 dollars but a couple of years back, I forgot to claim income and with everything, they socked me for almost the amount that I forgot to claim.  Then Kentucky a year later got me for the same thing.  It ended up costing me more than what I forgot to claim!!!   

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"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

 We always get our taxes done ASAP... the faster we get our refund, the longer it gets to sit in our savings account and draw interest.  My SIL is an accountant, so we never have an issue getting it taken care of immediately.  However, I know that people who are in business for themselves and have to pay out money have a lot more paperwork and headaches when it comes to taxes.  My BIL is a chiropractor and has his own clinic, and they dread doing taxes (and paying the government their share Yell).

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