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Opinion: The Halloween "Parent Tax" is Unjustified

by Redpath and Company

October 26, 2017 โ€” Costumed travelers door-to-door on a crisp-aired eve of delight.

Gifts of sweets multiply and land into pillowcases, satchels, and my basket.

But the spookiest thing of all? A shriek from a casket? No, withdrawal.

The "Parent Tax", and why it is wrong:

And this is a poem, as there are few good Halloween songs.


All these sweets were a gift, I didnโ€™t do much in return.

A โ€˜trick or treatโ€™ greeting is not full consideration, regardless of how much candy I have earned.


Kind souls who gave me candy have already paid taxes that represent a proportion of their wage.

That was extremely nice,

And they should have to give far more than this for taxes to be levied twice.


I further shouldnโ€™t have candy taxed if I share some,

As I promised that the donors' capital contributions would be repaid with profits,

And that agreement canโ€™t be undone.


Had a friend made a candy loan and a debt went unpaid,

You just may have a case for deferring some weight,

But could I interest you in an orange lollipop? Or maybe a Pennsylvanian chocolate drop?


This candy has me feeling dandy, and whilst I feed I fulfill a need,

So crowdfunded donations without a return of equity is a tax from which I should be freed.


ยญยญยญยญWhat, then is the basis for this Parent Tax?

Please enjoy instead some parent snacks, like Middle Eastern fruit units of force or tomato bisque.

Iโ€™m in no hurry to put my candy at risk.

Redpath and Company

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