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Matt Weinstock -- January 12, 1959

January 12, 2009 |  4:00 pm

Taxing Times

Matt_weinstockd_2 A young lady singer is very angry at the Internal Revenue Service.

Her federal income tax last year came to around $380. She had paid all but about $70.

Christmas week the revenuers attached the amount from her checking account in a Hollywood bank.

She received no notification that this was to be done. In fact, she learned of it from the bank after the money was taken. Furthermore, she was embarrassed as she had checks written for the money.

She thinks the action is an outrage, an invasion of privacy and discrimination against people in the entertainment business.

Now the rebuttal.

1959_0112_fight A PERSON whose income tax payments are delinquent is notified that he owes the money. Ten days later, if it has not been paid, the revenue service has the authority to collect it, under Section 6331, Levy andDistraint, Public Law 591. Distraint means to seize or confiscate. Notice is given that it is going to be seized or when. 

Revenue men are accustomed to being called Uncle Scrooge and worse but they insist they do not deliberately create hardships for debtors. On the contrary, they say when they find leniency is in order they give debtors every opportunity to come clean. They wish they received more co-operation.

However, the rule book is very decisive, so beware.

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ONLY IN L.A. -- A woman attending a funeral a few days ago was introduced to another woman who, after a few minutes of solemn conversation about the deceased, asked bluntly, "Would you like to buy two lots here?"

The first mourner, aghast at the impropriety of the question, replied, "No, but I'm curious- why do you want to sell them?"

"Well, for one thing, I've decided to be cremated," was the serious reply, "but the main reason is that I need the money."

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I've taken in my last parade,
I find it too dismaying.
It makes no difference where I stand,
That's where the band stops playing.

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Glenn Gould gives a quirky -- but incomparable -- performance
in Pasadena.

"This young man not only risks (virtuoso fingerings and hand-crossings in Bach's "Goldberg Variations") he brings them off in what became a staggering set of symphonic etudes."

--Raymond Kendall

A DISHEVELED wretch accosted Herb Stinson on Spring Street and said, "Mister, can you spare a dime toward a bottle of wine?"

No beating around the bush, just a nice, clean, honest bite. It can almost be assumed that normalcy has returned.

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ANY TIME NOW Al Gordon, radio newsman expects to learn that his son has been depicted all over Russia as an example of American incorrigibility.

Not long ago the boy got into a fight with another boy at Selma Avenue School. As a teacher tried to stop them the Russian social security delegation, visiting L.A. at the time, walked in and one of the group with a camera quickly snapped the picture.

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AT 2:30 P.M. the other day Bob Cushnir went into a Vermont Avenue bank to cash a $500 check. At first the answer was no but six tellers scraped the bottoms of their tills and finally made it. The explanation is simple. Since the market strike more people are cashing checks at banks. Along about closing time depletion sets in.

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WHILE IN San Francisco last week Buddy Gorman stopped in the downtown section at a stand emblazoned with "Going Out of Business" and "Everything Must Go" signs. He selected a hand-carved object priced at $5.99 but the man said he could have it for $1.50. Buddy asked how come the big markdown.

"I'm closing up," the owner beamed happily. "I just finished my parole!"

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LOOSE ENDS -- A reader suggests the Society for the Elimination of Obsolete Signs take up at the next meeting the "No on 16" and other political stickers still on some cars . . . What baffles Oscar Kantner is that the horses in TV westerns are never given a drink or the old nosebag after a three-day trek through the desert . . . Among things that bore Walt Hackett: The twin fins and the Finn twins.