My favorite holiday (Halloween) is just a few days away, and thousands of children and adults are getting out their pumpkin carving kits to prepare for the big night. Unfortunately, according to new reports a family owned pumpkin stand was almost put out of business because of an aggressive State tax collector.
The Lewiston Tribune reports the Idaho State Tax Commission has called for the closure of a family's pumpkin stand in Lewiston, a mill city along the Snake and Clearwater rivers.
Dan and Kami Charais told the newspaper that a Tax Commission employee informed them the stand was in violation of laws and had to shut its doors.
The couple says their 4- and 6-year-old children had been carving out a niche for themselves in the local jack-o-lantern market - to raise money for school sports, they say.
A Tax Commission representative told the newspaper that even goods sold at roadside stands are taxable and that the stand did not have a proper permit.