12-year-old Tayson Weeks of Pocatello has plenty to tell his classmates on how he spent his summer vacation. Young Tayson will be able to talk about how he set up a roadside stand to sell raspberries grown on his father's farm. The youth was hoping to save up enough money to buy a small motorcycle. But then he ran into the Idaho Tax Commission on his second day of business.
"He wanted to buy himself a little Honda pit bike," the boy's father told the Idaho State Journal. "I told him he'd have to pay it for himself."
But apparently only if the tax commission got its piece of the action, demanding that Tayson collect 6 percent sales tax.
The State Journal reports that the commission also targeted an Aug. 4 fundraiser for Pocatello native Angie Smoot, who was injured in an attack at the Boise Town Square Mall parking lot. State Tax Commission workers even visited the fundraiser at Pocatello's Prime Time Auctions to make sure that when people took possession of auctioned items, they were paying their 6 percent as well.
A commission spokesman told the State Journal that compliance officers regularly approached seasonal vendors to help "educate" them.