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One-room school faces $10,000 IRS fine
The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 13, 2005 | AP

Posted on 01/14/2005 11:29:23 PM PST by Brian328i

One-room school faces $10,000 IRS fine

The Associated Press Last Updated 4:00 pm PST Thursday, January 13, 2005

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) - A tax error totaling less than $40 has resulted in a $10,000 fine for the Hill Public School, a one-room schoolhouse.

The IRS informed the school district of the discrepancy on June 1, 2003, and wants the fine to be paid, Rhonda Maxcy, school board secretary, said Monday.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 000; 10; extortion; irs; oneroomschool; taxes
Late, but none the less didn't see this in a search. Appologies if its already been posted. What else do you expext from the IRS?
1 posted on 01/14/2005 11:29:24 PM PST by Brian328i
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To: Brian328i

what a bunch of effen horse hockey


2 posted on 01/14/2005 11:51:37 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: Brian328i

outrageous!

..its time we reform the tax CODE (not laws) and boot that non-government IRS Corporation from the pockets of Americans for good.

BOOT BOTH the IRS AND THE UN in one swift kick to their groins >:[


3 posted on 01/14/2005 11:56:28 PM PST by no_mm ("Give War a Chance." - Michael Savage)
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To: Brian328i
My grandmother (rest her soul) went to school in Barstow. This is a settlement west on Shaw where some old German built an underground cavern. This Barstow had (has) a one room school. I asked my grandmother with which of the Dauers she went to school. "All of them!" "All of them?"
"Yes! It was only one room!" "And what about your brothers and sisters?" "They were all there! All of them!"

Well, the purpose of this tale is that my Grandmother could read and write better than most high school graduates today! And, she only went to the 6th grade! That's all! Why? Because she had to work on the farm. Her father was a sharecropper. And he needed the support of his children!
But the most important lesson is that there were 2 German families in this school, at least 1 Mexican, 1 Portuguese, and another, for my grandmother said there were 5 families there. All these children, speaking differently, without a linguist teacher and learning, neverhtheless!
4 posted on 01/14/2005 11:57:53 PM PST by Prost1 (I get my news at Free Republic!)
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To: Brian328i

One more reason to scrap the IRS and relegate it to the dust bin of history


5 posted on 01/14/2005 11:59:19 PM PST by spartan68
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To: Prost1

I wouldn't doubt it one bit if this school produces better students than larger ones today.

What I can't believe is that this school will likely have to sell their only van and most likely the only school's transportation to help pay for this.


6 posted on 01/15/2005 12:00:31 AM PST by Brian328i
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To: Prost1

Same with my dad, except he also had to walk 10 miles to school, barefoot, in the snow, and uphill both ways.


7 posted on 01/15/2005 12:04:11 AM PST by philetus (Zell Miller - One of the few)
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To: Prost1

My father-in-law was raised by newly immigrated German parents (during the Depression) in the great farm country here in Wisconsin. Here, he and his brother attended a one room school house and was immersed in a fantastic education with teachers that taught you something -including practical everyday knowledge, not esoteric feel-good philosophical crap of today.

He (and brother) also served with honors in the Korean War.


8 posted on 01/15/2005 12:05:58 AM PST by no_mm ("Give War a Chance." - Michael Savage)
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To: Brian328i

"Now the public is being asked to contribute to the fine."

Wouldn't it be easier for the local congressman to grow some balls and 1) raise hell with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue until the IRS relents due to the horrible publicity, and 2) loudly use this as a platform from which to demand tax reform?


9 posted on 01/15/2005 12:08:56 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Brian328i

Legislation in the last few years has made this kind of outrage less likely in the case of individual taxpayers, but the IRS can still fully stick it to an entity like a school. What happened was they overstated the amount of quarterly withheld payroll taxes over 3 years -- each overstatement being less than 4 dollars. I'm sure the fine is technically legal, but it's a bureaucratic idiocy of the first order.


10 posted on 01/15/2005 12:09:10 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Larry Lucido

spot-on, if some FREEPERS could post that Congressman's info for that district in NEB, it would go a long way to forcing this issue on someone that should grow the proper appendages to deal with it head-on -and not simply have a fund raiser...


11 posted on 01/15/2005 12:12:44 AM PST by no_mm ("Give War a Chance." - Michael Savage)
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To: Larry Lucido

NEBRASKA FREEPERS -Did you READ THIS OUTRAGE?

GET CRACKING the whip on YOUR USELESS NEBRASKA CONGRESSPERSON!


12 posted on 01/15/2005 12:15:28 AM PST by no_mm ("Give War a Chance." - Michael Savage)
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To: Brian328i

Somebody needs to forward this to the Bush White House, this would make great campeign fodder for Tax Reform.


13 posted on 01/15/2005 12:18:09 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Paul C. Jesup

you are DAM RIGHT my friend...this is GOLD if handled properly...


14 posted on 01/15/2005 12:26:35 AM PST by no_mm ("Give War a Chance." - Michael Savage)
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To: no_mm

Here we go (appears to be Republican, FWIW):

Grand Island District Office Address:
The Honorable Tom Osborne
819 Diers Avenue
Suite 3
Grand Island, NE 68803

Phone: 308-381-5555
Fax: 308-381-5557


Kearney District Office Address:
The Honorable Tom Osborne
212 Communications Building
1910 University Drive
Kearney, NE 68849

Phone: 308-236-1330
Fax: 308-236-1331



McCook District Office Address:
The Honorable Tom Osborne
203 W. 1st St.
McCook, NE 69001

Phone: 308-345-3328
Fax: 308-345-3329


Scottsbluff District Office Address:
The Honorable Tom Osborne
21 East 20th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: 308-632-3333
Fax: 308-635-3049


Washington, DC Office Address:
The Honorable Tom Osborne
507 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-6435
Fax: 202-226-1385


15 posted on 01/15/2005 12:26:54 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
Also appears to be a winning football coach, FWIW.

Nebraska coach Tom Osborne announced at a news conference Wednesday in Lincoln he would retire after compiling a record of 254-49-3 in 25 years leading the Cornhuskers.

16 posted on 01/15/2005 12:29:43 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: no_mm

This isn't about "tax reform," it's about gummint bureaucratic arrogance. If the USA went to a NRST tomorrow, there would likely still be JBTs waving obscene fines at retailers who didn't pay their dues by a few bucks.


17 posted on 01/15/2005 12:34:46 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Larry Lucido
Wouldn't it be easier for the local congressman to grow some balls and 1) raise hell with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue until the IRS relents due to the horrible publicity, and 2) loudly use this as a platform from which to demand tax reform?

Yep.

18 posted on 01/15/2005 12:35:05 AM PST by spodefly (This message packaged with desiccant. Do not open until ready for use or inspection.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

But it is very hard for a bureaucrat to hurt you when they have no paper work or regulations to use as ammo against you.


19 posted on 01/15/2005 12:47:19 AM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Brian328i

The IRS is doing its job. Complaining about the IRS requires ignorance of the real culprits: our elected representatives.

And we are the ones responsible for electing them.

So go ahead and blame the IRS if you want, I guess its easier than taking responsibility for our own government.

The right thing to do is to change the horrid tax code we have inflicted upon ourselves rather than scapegoating the people we hire to enforce it.


20 posted on 01/15/2005 12:49:41 AM PST by Imal (Let us trim our hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle.)
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To: Imal

The penalty was ludicrously out of proportion to the offense.


21 posted on 01/15/2005 12:53:49 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Brian328i
Amendment VIII - Cruel and Unusual punishment. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

But I guess the 16th ammendment overrides the 8th.

22 posted on 01/15/2005 5:16:31 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Blackwell for Governor 2006: hated by the 'Rats, feared by the RINOs.)
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To: Prost1

We have one room school houses all over the place here in Pennsylvania. They are placed throughout the Amish community to serve the children of all ages. They have outside toilet facilities and wood stoves. They have half barrels outside on the porch for hand washing. Zoning is for
others. You try and build a school that way. The state mandates we have a room for this and that and new high schools run up into the 40 and 50 millions because of mandates. We build high schools with atriums and struggle with test scores while the Amish kids walk by to their one room school and know 2 languages before five years.............


23 posted on 01/15/2005 5:45:34 AM PST by oldironsides
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To: Larry Lucido
"Now the public is being asked to contribute to the fine."

Umm, this is a Public School? Doesn't that mean that the "public" is already paying the fine??

24 posted on 01/15/2005 5:50:32 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate (A joke is a very serious thing.)
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To: Imal
The IRS is doing its job. Complaining about the IRS requires ignorance of the real culprits:

The only problem with this is the IRS is a very arrogant orginization all on its own. This story makes no logical sense and chances are once it gets a little publicity the idiot who levied this penalty will back off and have to admit that he or she is being overly aggressive against a non-profit orginization. This type of thing slips thru the cracks all the time and generally gets corrected once it sees the light of day with the public and their congressmen. Some people down at the IRS can make Scrooge look more like Tiny Tim. They are A$$holes to the Nth power.

25 posted on 01/15/2005 11:22:24 AM PST by Allosaurs_r_us (Idaho Carnivores for Conservatism)
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To: Brian328i

A simple question. How can a public school be taxed?

The government can't tax the government now, can it?

This story is confusing. Next, the IRS will be taxing libraries, fire and police departments.


26 posted on 01/15/2005 11:59:03 AM PST by Prost1 (I get my news at Free Republic!)
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To: An.American.Expatriate

I would think that this sounds more like extortion than a fine.


27 posted on 01/15/2005 12:04:25 PM PST by Brian328i
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To: philetus

'Same with my dad, except he also had to walk 10 miles to school, barefoot, in the snow, and uphill both ways.'

I have heard this before, but it was 6 miles from my dad. I never heard 'uphill both ways', I like that. LOL.


28 posted on 01/15/2005 4:53:50 PM PST by rawhide
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To: philetus

My father was stationed in Istanbul in the mid fifties when I was in 2-4 grades. American diplomats' and military kids went to school in a large Victorian house on the top of a small mountain. The school bus, a slightly converted deuce-and-a-half, could not drive up the mountain on either of two "roads" The one road was too narrow and the other was a cobblestone step street that was quite steep and had vehicularly impossible switchbacks and was 3/4 mile long. The American schoolkids were let off at the bottom of the mountain with a teacher and at least one parent volunteer and we walked up the mountain through two villages to school. The winter we did that was unusually snowy and there was snow on the ground from November through May. We came back down that mountain in the afternoon, often sliding on pieces of cardboard.


29 posted on 01/15/2005 6:04:08 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE.)
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To: Prost1
How can a public school be taxed?

Sounds like it is the withholding on the salary of the teacher.

30 posted on 01/15/2005 6:07:12 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE.)
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