It was not a trick, and for two kids in Lewiston, it definitely was not a treat.
Idaho is making national news, but not necessarily in a good way. The Lewiston Tribune reported Friday that two officials from the Idaho State Tax Commission forced the children of Dan and Kami Charais to close a stand in front of their home used to sell pumpkins. The kids, 4- and 6-years-old, the parents told the paper, were selling the products to raise money for sports and other activities.
The reason for the closure? An unnamed official with the tax commission said that even a roadside stand is required to obtain proper permits in order to do business in the state. The agency also said the kids must charge customers sales tax and forward that money onto the state.
Glenn Beck's news website, The Blaze, put the story on its front page Saturday and within an hour of posting, the tale received 75 comments from readers, with a good majority mocking the staffers of the commission. Several other news outlets across the nation picked up on the story as well.
The news drew the ire of commentators at the Huckleberries Online, an Idaho news blog hosted by the Spokesman Review. "It appears that common sense is NOT a job requirement for the Idaho tax commission field rep position," said Soaf, a blogger on the site. "You'd think bureaucrats would have some sort of inner antenna that'd tell them when they're going to get their fingers rapped," criticized Dave Oliveria, administrator of the site and writer for the paper.
Note: See what the mother, Kami Charais, had to say about the situation with the tax commission here.
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