In my childhood, I can’t recall how many times my friends and I earned what my parents called “chump change" selling lemonade. Actually we drank more of our product than we sold. Almost everyone at one time or another as a child either started their own lemonade venue or joined in the fun with the kids on the block.
Is denying these kids the right to make some chump change of their own a fight that towns really want to get into? I can see elected officials losing elections real, real soon if this continues.
Are there loopholes for these kids if the shut-downs continue, such as partnering with a local non-profit and gaining access to their no-tax status? What’s next? W-4 forms for kids (block printing allowed).
On the average, will kids really make over $400 in one summer and have to report it to the IRS and pay taxes on the income? No wonder kids now receive social security numbers at birth. It used to be you obtained one when you turned sixteen and got a part time summer job, but no more. You get that number ASAP when you’re born and as soon as you’re tall enough to stand on a stool and make your own lemonade, you are now also old enough to report income and pay taxes.
I don’t have the average amount made at one lemonade stand, but I did visit one run by three of my neighbors with small children where I live. They will be out this Saturday to fight the good fight and for sure I’ll be purchasing a glass or two—or even three. Heck, maybe I’ll open up a stand of my own.
With soldiers in Iraq still being killed, the debt ceiling catastrophe and natural weather disasters popping up all over the world, does it really seem fair to focus on little Billy, Sally and Sue just out making some summer weekend extra cash? I think not, folks.
I’m sure the opinions here are vast. Should kids be forced to follow grown-up rules or should selling lemonade remain the summer past-time it’s always been? You already know how I feel, but what’s your opinion?
If you agree with me and want to fight the good fight, visit the Lemonade Freedom website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter (links in reference section) and maybe together we can put an end to this ridiculous battle. This, my friends, has put a bad taste in my mouth—but a cool and refreshing glass of lemonade should take the taste away real fast!
Set up, sell and drink up this weekend folks—don’t let our local governments turn tasty lemonade into sour lemons.