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Old 11-20-2012, 07:11 PM   #3821
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I don't get a gift at all. Come to think of it neither does Hubby. My brother always gets a turkey so for thanksgiving he always provides the turkey and lets my sister make it.
I once worked a place where the Xmas bonus was $25 towards a turkey or give the money to a charity. Almost all the other employees let the money go to a charity. If I want to give to a charity, I will choose the charity and get my tax receipt, thank you very much. I said I would take the $25. I was told to bring a receipt and that yes, a goose and some booze would be okay.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:14 PM   #3822
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I once worked a place where the Xmas bonus was $25 towards a turkey or give the money to a charity. Almost all the other employees let the money go to a charity. If I want to give to a charity, I will choose the charity and get my tax receipt, thank you very much. I said I would take the $25. I was told to bring a receipt and that yes, a goose and some booze would be okay.
I prefer to pick my own charities too. I think I would have taken the 25 dollars like you did.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:48 PM   #3823
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Actually, I think this is too big for petty vents but...
A friend of mine works for a very large furniture company here in the states. Don't know if I can say the name here so...begins with an A (3 letter word, it is what charcoal turns into after its burned) ends in LEY. Every year around this time they give their employees a gift certificate worth $15.00, good for a turkey or something. The problem is that they then take the $15.00 back out of the employees paychecks. Unheard of. Unbelievable. A slap in the face. I was appalled! Sad. But True.
Technically speaking, the turkey is compensation and taxable. So what they should do is add the cost of the turkey ($15) to the paycheck so it is taxed then deduct it back out again. The only difference in the paycheck should be the taxes on the $15. If they did otherwise, it's immoral and possible illegal.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:12 PM   #3824
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Technically speaking, the turkey is compensation and taxable. So what they should do is add the cost of the turkey ($15) to the paycheck so it is taxed then deduct it back out again. The only difference in the paycheck should be the taxes on the $15. If they did otherwise, it's immoral and possible illegal.
Wow, that's mean. In Canada gifts are technically taxable, but the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) has made an administrative decision that cash and near-cash gifts are taxable, but non-cash gifts can be be given to a total fair market value of up to $500 (including GST - federal Goods & Services Tax)/employee/year.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #3825
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Wow, that's mean. In Canada gifts are technically taxable, but the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) has made an administrative decision that cash and near-cash gifts are taxable, but non-cash gifts can be be given to a total fair market value of up to $500 (including GST - federal Goods & Services Tax)/employee/year.
That's a sensible approach. I really don't know the details of US tax laws. I just remember this happening where I worked once. Usually, you just went out to the parking lot and were handed a turkey off the back of a truck and put it in your car and went home.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:06 PM   #3826
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That's a sensible approach. I really don't know the details of US tax laws. I just remember this happening where I worked once. Usually, you just went out to the parking lot and were handed a turkey off the back of a truck and put it in your car and went home.
They figured the resentment of employers to the extra work would lead to a high level of non-compliance. And they figured out a level where the cost of pursuing it wouldn't be higher than the amount of tax collected. I don't think I'm explaining that well, but I think you get the idea.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #3827
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I just received the dumbest phone call from my daughter.

Her son , who lives downstairs called her.

"Ma, come here, quick!"

She rushed down the stairs as fast as she could.

"Come here Ma. Look at this. What do I do?"

It seems that my 30 something grandson had a bowel movement so long and large that it came above the waterline and was resting against the toilet seat.

Daughter calls me. "Ma what do we do?"

"Flush the toilet."

"Flush the toilet son."

Problem solved.

I just want it on record that this line of stupidity does not come from my side of the family. My kids never ceased to amaze me with their total lack of intelligence. Or they just want me to have a continued feeling of being needed. I am still sitting here shaking my head in disbelief. (I can hear you laughing!)
Thanks Addie for a giggle. Especially that last paragraph
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:31 AM   #3828
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Thanks Addie for a giggle. Especially that last paragraph
My daughter is in her mid 50's and never ceases to amaze me with her stupidity.

"Ma, I just cleaned off the top of the fridge. There is mail unopened from three years ago. What do I do with it?"

"Throw it away."

"Thanks Ma."
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #3829
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I just talked to SO. She's at work and heard the same traffic reports. Dinner will be late tonight unless things clear up.
So Andy, what time did SO finally get home. One fella said it took him more than an hour to go the distance that usually takes five minutes. I hope you had some kind loving words for her when she finally arrived.

My son worked last night at Worcester Memorial in the ER. He said there was a rush of minor injuries of bumper and rear end hits. What a nightmare. Did you see the pictures? Unbelievable!!! They couldnt get the ambulances through to Boston, so they took them to local and fringe hospitals.

My grandson will be working on the turnpike today and tonight at a toll booth. They will have extra booths open.
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Addie, she didn't have a bad commute. She uses Rt. 128 and 3 North. She got home about a half hour later than usual.
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