I am not one of those folks who complains all the time about paying taxes or slags the IRS on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong; I see the inefficiencies, as well as the occasional and sometimes major corruption of state and federal tax collection agencies. But I have plenty of things to complain about when it comes to political and social issues, and for whatever reason, tax agencies and their behavior just haven't ever been the focus of my opinionated commentary.
So every year, during the third weekend in October, in my hometown of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, population 502, the town hosts a big arts and crafts fair that draws thousands of visitors over two days. For folks who live in Bell Buckle, it's a highlight of the year, and lots of fun, especially for kids. Although I now live in Knoxville, many of my family members still live in "the Buckle" as we fondly call our clan's home base, and this includes my little brother Robert and his family.
This year duringRead More »from The Time a Tax Agency Came After My 12-Year-Old Nephew