Hi Readers — Here’s a note I just got. Really, really strange!
Dear Free-Range Kids: Totally off topic, but as I was wrapping up my taxes last night, I saw (on p.22 of the 1040A instructions) this little gem:
“If your child is presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a family member, you may be able to take the child into account in determining your eligibility for head of household or qualifying widow(er) filing status, the dependency exemption, the child tax credit, and the earned income credit (EIC).”
You mean if my kid is kidnapped I can still claim a child tax credit? Well now I don’t feel so bad!
No, seriously (sort of): The IRS thinks stranger-kidnappings are so common, they must be written into the tax code, like business lunches? That is an agency pretty out of touch with reality. But I guess we knew that… — Lenore