The Meridian Times
MERIDIAN, ADA COUNTY,'IDAHO, FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1019.
How to Figure Your Tax
"Don't wait until the final due data,
March 15, for paying your Income Tax
and making your return. Avoid the
last minute rush. Any person can fig
ure out his liability today as well as he
can next week, and if there is any
j point on which he needs advice he can
■ now ger in touch with a Revenue man."
This word of advice is from William
C. Whaley, Collector of Internal Reve- ;
nue, Helena, Mont., who Is collecting I
the Income Tax in Montana, Idaho and I
Utah. Collector Whaley Is giving with
out charge every aid of his office and
his enlarged field force to help the peo
ple get their payments and their re
turns in by March. 15th,
* But the Income Tax men will nor.
pull your door-bell or your coat-tails,
according to the Collector's announce
ment. It Is squarely up to every indi
vidual to figure out his own case and
. to get busy if- he comes within the
scope of the new Revenue law.
Did You Earn This Much?
Every unmarried person who re
ceived income averaging $19.25 a week
during 1918 and every married couple
who jointly received income averaging
$38.50 a week should secure at ouee
from the nearest Deputy Collector or
the nearest bank a blank Form 1040 A.
That form contains the Information he
will need to enable him to figure his
correct net Income and any tax that he
owes the government.
The law requires that every unmar
ried person who had a net Income of
$1,000 or over aud every married per
•son whose net* Income was $2,000 or
over (Including the income of husband
or wife and the earnings of minor
children. If any) must make a return
on or before March 15th. And this re
quirement does riot hinge on whether
the person owes a tax.
An Individual must include under
gross Income all gains, profits and In
come derived from salaries, wages or
•compensation for personal service of
whatever kind and tn whatever form
pit id or from professions, vocation*,
business, sales or dealings In property
of all kinds, Interest, rent, dividend*
or profits derived from any source
whatever. Very few items of income
Deductions include ordinary and nec
essary business expenses, Interest paid
or accrued on indebtedness, taxes of
h!I kinds except Federal Income and
excess profits taxes and assessments
for local benefits, losses actually *us
tiilned, debts ascertained to be worth
less and depreciation on buildings, ma
chinery, fixtures, etc., used in business.
.A further deduction is allowed for con
tributions to corporations operated for
religions, charitable, scientific or edu
cational purposes or for the prevention
of eruelty to children or animals to an
amount not exceeding 15 per cent of
the taxpayer's net Income as computed
without the benefit of the contribution
Tlie taxpayer is not allowed to de
duct any personal, living or family ex
pense, any amount spent for Improving
property or any expense of restoring
property or making good Its exhaus
tion for which an allowance is claimed
Figuring the Tax.
Before figuring the normal tax tha
dividends are deducted as credit* from
net income, together with the personal
exemption. As in prevloua years, divi
dends of domestic corporation* are ex
empt from normal tax when received
by Hit stockholder.
The normal tax rates for citizens
and residents are as follows: On tha
first $4.000 of net Income In excess of
the credits the rate Is 6 per cent ; on
any further taxable Income the rat* 1#
12 per cent.
The surtax rates apply to net In
come of each individual in excess of
$5.000. The personal exemption and
the dividends are not deductible before
computing surtax. In the case of re
turns by husband and wife, the net lu
tome of each is considered separately
in computing any surtax that may ba
> due. Form 1040 should be used for
making returns of net Income exceed
ing $6,000, and the instructions on that
form will show how to figure tha sur
Business House Return*.
Employers and others who paid
wages, salaries, rents. Interest or slm
ilar determinable gains In an amount
of $1.000 or over during 1918 to any
person must file an Information return
with the Government. Blanks may b*
secured froln the Collector,
Every partnership must file a return
4 showing its Income and deductions and
the name and address of each partner,
wltfi his share of the profits or lossea
during the past year. Personal service
corporations will file similar informa
tion for 19t8.
* INCOME TAX PAYS
FOR PUBLIC BENEFITS. *
"Viewed in its largest and tru- A
* est sense, the payment of taxes *
* Is pa v ment (or benefits received *
a or expected. Un,y from a nur- *
* row and essentially selfish and A
* shortsighted viewpoint can the *
A Individual propose to himself A
* the evasion of tax liability as ä ★
* desirable course of action, '— a
* Daniel C. Roper, Commissioner A
* of internal Revenue.
There's one subject yop cant wear
At a meeting of the water users on
the Boise river, Monday, at Boise,
Easter Sunday comes this year on
April 20th. Lent started this week
with Ash Wednesday.
There Is a business man in Merid
ian who should become rich.His mot
to Is "Everything coming in, noth
ing to go out."
Iloosevelt was great because he had
ideas on more than one subject.There
is a difference in being great and just '
being famons. ■
A. V. Tallman w r as reelected water
master for the year.
The war has beten a good thing for
many people. It has extended their
horizon beyond the limits of the im
The horse and buggy are coming to !
their own-too muddy to take ont
They get up many things to vex one
but none can excel the job of fixing
the hot, old-fashioned sooty
a car this weather. One advantage
too about these times— you don't
hear auto talk all the time, all the
day and at meals.
There was a new telephone girl put
on at the Star exchange the other
day.The story goes that a lady on the
line said to another to be careful as
so-and-so was the, new operator and
might be listening.Then a voice came
over the wire, "I aint neither."
The man who is captain of his own
soul is to be envied. One who can
throw off the cares of his work and
meet his family with a smile, and not
worry them with a recital of the
troubles of the day, has the self con
trol of the general of an army.*
Attorney Charles Clifton, who was
"on the carpet" at Boise during the
war i>eriod for alleged disloyalty, is
practicing his profession at Seattle.
The disbarment proceedings at Boise
were never completed.
The soldier boy who wrote letters
home telling of the beneficial effect
of Christian influence at camp will
soon have the opportunity of going to
the little church around the corner
in the little home town.
There is a well defined rumor in
Meridian that our fair city will not
only be the place for the usual Rosa
Bonheur horse parade each day this
spring, but that the main attraction
will be kept in a residence 'district.
A mild protest to this was made to
the village board Monday evening.
A Meridian man said the other day
you could tell how long a Retired far
mer had lived in town. The first year
he has the most of his farm on the
back lot of his place. The next year
he has less slock and other farm nec
essities on his property but more
friends among his neighbors.
Funny things happen. Noticed a
big load of hay being hauled thru
the mud. the horses straining every
muscle to move the big load. Up from
"the rear" came the noise of a little
fliver, a single seated affair, and the
little horn tooted for five minutes
in an unsuccessful effort to have the
mountain in front move to the other
side of the road, .
A Meridian lady was asked the
other day how she liked the box of
candy sent her from eastern rela
tives, and this required some pretty
good explaining from the husband.
It seems the Meridian man on his re
turn from an eastern trip was given
a large box of chocolates, nicely
wrapped, in a beautiful box, and ex
plicitly told to give them to the wife.
Later the same relatives visited out
here and one of them innocently
asked the question,
A test was made during the past
few months as to how high the price
of hutter and eggs could go. Some
thought the sky was the limit but
suddenly the price of storage eggs
started to tumble. Butter reached
a price ot 70c a pound to the house
wife but just than she resolved to
supplement the butter with some
thing else. Just what she did is not
so evident but we do know that one
grocer in the city up the river, a few
weeks ago, was selling five pounds of
oleomargarine to three pounds of
buttter and this to the family trade—
who had never thought of putting a
substitute for butter on the table be
fore. The moral is, the housewife
has a way of her own of bringing
prices down to where they ought to
A. R. ESTES IS NEW
STATE SHEEP INSPECTOR
A. R. Estes of Meridian has been
honored with the appointment
sheep inspector for the western half
of Idaho. He will, during the season,
inspect every band in the
coubU» fog aad olhe ^ «I»*»»«
^te^Ln Uarv^ôard^through [he
££ v^erlnarUn MY. Es^nas al
ready taken up the work aud made
a trip t0 [be Snake river country this
week. It Is needless to say that Mr.
Estes la qualified for the place, as he
has made a study of the sheep in
dustry for many years.
ROAD TO BE FIXED WHEN
CONDITION HERMITS WORE
There is talk that Meridian may
lose the state highway if the road is
not fixed pretty soon, and travel will
continue a mile west before making
the turn, instead of going through
Meridian. My goodness! When the
state highway force is held up and
say they can't put a plow or a drag
on the road until it quits raining
and the mud dries, how is Meridian,
with smaller equipment, to help the,
present condition of the ruad,
peciaily for the mile through thejy°
town, which is in bad shape we will !
admit. All will say that the horrible;
^ ee P makes travel almost an i
' impossibility, but it should be re-j
■ membered that this is something un- !
j usual, and that last year at this time
there was a dry smooth'road.
week and he took charge Saturday. I
to ! He wiu receive a salary of ¥150 a ;
montj Mrs. Reynolds has been ap
pointed as matron at the home. It is
probable that during the next two
years a new building will be erected ,
to accommodate the 110 veterans, \
barracks at Fort Boise. >
DR, REYNOLDS TAKES
CHARGE OF SOLDIERS HOME
The appointment of Dr. S. M. C. j
Reynolds as commander of the Idaho :
j soldiers home was confirmed this '
Wo have received all Liberty Bonds of the Fourth Issue, and, ask that
customers please call for same,
keeping, come In and see us.
If you wish your bond filed for safe
First National Bank ot Meridian
Capital and Surplus, $55,000.00.
Special this Week!
Toile de Nord
New Pictorial Review Pattern Sheet now on Sale.
—CALL FOR FASHION SHEET—
Make this Garage Your Headquarters for —
HYDROMETER TESTS AND
DISTILLED WATER ADDED
ABSOLUTELY FREE Î
COMPETENT MAN IN CHARGE.
Be on the safe side anti have us test
your battery every two weeks. It will
WE RECHARGE, REBUILD AND REPLACE YOUR OLD BATTERY.
STANDARD MAKES HOLD:
You will do well to see us if on the market for a new Battery.
Rogge Motor Co
CONGRKHfiMA N SM ITH
To a letter from a Meridian man
in which was enclosed a roster of our
soldier boys and a request that our
town be recognized in the distribu
tion of german war trophies. Con
gressman Addison T.Smith writes the
following letter in reply:
Washington, D. C., Feb. '19.
"I am in receipt of yöurs of the 6th,
with enclosure. I am surprised at
the large number of soldiers who en
tered the service from Meridian and
ur town is entitled to a captured
german cannon as a trophy and I thor
oughly agree with you.I do not know
just what number of these guns will
b ® brought over or how many will be
allotted to our state, but I certainly
w ouId be pleased if we could furnish
one tor your splendid little city.When
the distribution is made you can rest.
assured that I will keep your sug
I note the suggestion that
curÏoT^.around^e InteZZ |
to inspect creameries, or something
and „variably they make their last
sco „ be(ore home at the town of Mer _.
Jdian . a * Ahe party „ U8uaUy ,. aU in „
after a strenuous day of sightseeing.
Meridian's only attraction is the big -
long- fei t *w a nT a LÄ h ti c r e ofd n ay asa ^
gstion in mind."
CHEESE IT ON THE
Whether it be saw, plane ,
chisel, hatchet or any other kind
Of tOOl, VOU ÜO nOt WOtlt ti UnleSS
. - , -
it hOS <271 edge that Will CUt.
Q So +U „ *S~ o+ *o
Steel QUallty IS tile JVTSt £5"
sential in all edged tools, and\
that is the striking characteristic
of those we sell .
You look at them befofeymi
buy, and back of them isygpir
mranty of "cutting 99 qua
Place your orders now for COAL, either lump or stove size. We can
Vickers-Sims Hdw. Co. •
A. R. STALKER & SON
SUCCESSORS TO RIFE & ROBERTSON
Fine Stock oi Groceries
We don't keep groceries—we sell them.
Bring us your Butter
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A. R. STALKER & SON
I A REVISED DEFINITION
TThe ability to judge between the
useful and the useless.
H—"Holding" at present in order to
"have" later on.
R—Remembering- that youth is not
perpetual —- nor the future
I—In the period of productivity pro
viding for the feebleness of
F —Fearing not the future but pre
paring for it.
T—The steadying influence in a
Our officers cordially invite your
The Meridian State Bank
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