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Back to School Tax Exempt Items Examined
A Column by the Editor
web reposted July 24, 2012
COLUMN – It is that time of year when
parents scramble to fulfill the daunting task of gathering the long
list of back to school items each school, and in some cases even the
teachers, require for a return to class. Pens, paper, pencils, notebook
paper, book bags, and other necessary items can add up at the checkout
counter so our illustrious leaders in Columbia have seen fit to exclude
sales taxes to help lessen the burden. And you know anytime politicians
get involved it is going to be hilarious. So I thought I would examine
some of the items and how they relate to “back to school”.
Of course the first thing everybody needs to send their little
crumb-crunchers back to school is adult diapers. I’m not sure if this
is for the kids or the politicians since they are so full of… well, you
With the wonderful results “sex education” has had in our school
systems, baby diapers and baby clothing are also on the list. I guess
those pregnant prom queens need the extra help as they return to school
in the fall. And no student’s wardrobe would be complete without their
new baby bonnet.
And now that we have babies in the mix, you have to be sure to include
that all-important bridal gown. Of course you have to buy it, rentals
are still taxed. Oh, veils are also excluded from the tax so go all out
with the wedding dress.
Condoms are not on the list, but maybe they should be. If the kids were
using them we wouldn’t have to have baby items and bridal gowns added
to “back to school” tax exempt items. Just a thought.
Costumes are tax exempt; after all, your student might want to go to
school dressed as batman or some other fictional character.
Just as an extra added bonus lawmakers have made ski masks exempt as
well. Ski masks? That seems rather nefarious. Bandanas, used more for
gang identification than anything else in today's youths, is also tax
exempt. Maybe the Democrats can try to push through adding tattoos for
Corsets and laces as well as garters, garter belts, and lingerie are
tax exempt. You know, they may be taking this “sex education” thing too
far. But, then again, this is your government at work.
Fishing boots are on the list. Okay, as a southern boy I can understand
that one. Some of the best fishing is early morning and you may have to
leave the pond or creek with your fishing boots on in order to make it
to class on time. But it all fairness, deer season comes right after
fishing season so shouldn’t camouflage, rifles, and tree stands be
included? Okay, to be fair, hunting vests are included - but not bait.
I am so confused.
Furs are tax exempt. I want anyone to explain how this one made the
Suits, sport jackets, ties, neckwear (yes, even bowties), tuxedos and
formal dresses are tax exempt. We all know how important it is to look
your best a school. I am always so proud to stop by the office at Strom
Thurmond during the school year to see all those students dressed to
Vitamins and supplements, ever so important to good health, are not
exempt. Neither are glasses or eyewear. Forget about purchasing that
alarm clock to wake your child up for school, it is taxable.
And if you watch the television news, who are the first people to
complain about the sales tax exemption? You guessed it, school
officials who say they need the sales tax to support the schools.
Oh well, I could go on but I have to balance our checkbook so I can
figure out how to pay for all the junk the schools will be sending home
for children to sell throughout the year because that huge chunk of
taxes paid at the local, state, and federal level just isn’t enough.
If this is the cost of a “free education” I can’t wait to see the bill
for “free” healthcare. I guess if it is run the same way we can expect
to see people in need of medical operations hocking wrapping paper and
candy bars to pay for their surgery.
Editor's note: This column was originally published August
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