Morris, it sounds like you may be a little skeptical. I will say both
my sons' rooms stay pretty clean. But, the last one moved out over 16
years ago which may have some bearing on that.
At 29, the son maybe ought to be thinking about his own place. I
didn't live with my parents for more than a couple of months after
Now there is a lot to say about that short story. First off, you have not
seen my son's room, but he is only 21 and did study in there a lot. ;!)
The 28 year old "boy" in the story however seems to be true to form.
1. He is 28 years old and has a messy bedroom.
2. He is 28 years old and lives at home with mom and dad.
3. He is a school board member.
4. His father did not want to ruin his son's political career over the
5. He is a political consultant.
1. He has never, NEVER been kissed by a girl his age.
2. His father's only hope of boosting his son out of the basement is if he
finds a way to get welfare..... uh er uh a, job in politics.
3. Should the IRS be informed that the dead beat son is earning some kind
of living and living rent free?
Part of our tax confusion (U.S.) is that it's very doubtful that any
single person does "know the infinite details".
I can certainly verify your earlier statement about benefits in lieu
of payment being taxable. In college, during the late 1960's, I worked
in the Women's Dining Hall for my meals. No cash changed hands, but
that's where I met my wife. Every January, I'd receive a W-2 form from
the university showing that the value of my meals had been reported to
the IRS as taxable income. Of course, no withholdings had been made
since there was no money involved. Cash from other sources had to be
diverted to pay the taxes due.
I doubt the guy living at home would be subject to that particular
little quirk unless he was somehow employed by his parents and
receiving free lodging as payment for that employment. But, who knows,
some of those infinite details might be applicable.
An armed society is a polite society.
Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert A. Heinlein
Only from your employer.
Yes, but with this situation it would not be a far stretch, him being a
political advisor and a member on the board of education and seeking a
political career, to some how have worked a deal to be compensated for
housing by his employer.
Are you talking about the gift tax? Then it is a reduction in the estate tax
exception that has to be dealt with when the giver dies. Only then if the gift
exceeds $13,000 in any given year. See http://www.fairmark.com/begin/gifts.htm
Should have been paid by whom? People giving free shelter to others
aren't taxed on that shelter gift that I've ever heard. This guy has
just continued living at home. AFAIK, there's neither a law against it
nor a tax on it.
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