The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 6, 1974 · Page 19
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 19

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, March 6, 1974
Page 19
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FORD » HmODEAURSOFNORTHUUIDAMERICA SUHR FORD SALES INC. • FERGUS FALLS, MINN. Beef shortage affects animals in Brazil zoo By WILLIAM R. LONG SAO PAULO, Brazil, (AP)Brazil's beef shortage is inflicting hardships on the animal kingdom in Sao Paulo State Park, hitting at the highest and lowest levels. The king of beasts in the lion habitat has been forced to accept a diet of liver and tongue in place of his customary lean, red beef. In the neighboring zoo, lowly rabbits and ducks are losing their lives in the effort to provide the tigers and hyenas with beef substitutes. Outside the park, housewives line up early in supermarkets to buy scarce steaks and roasts, while other shoppers settle for hot dogs and chicken. The beef shortage is blamed largely on a disagreement between the government and meat suppliers over pricing. The government set a price that the suppliers considered too low, so much Brazilian beef has been kept in storage awaiting better prices. As a result, the 30 lions in "Simba Safari" at the state park get front-quarter beef only once a week. The other six days the lions eat beef liver, heart, Taxpayers Ask IRS This column of questions and answers on federal tax matters is provided by the local office of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and is published as a public service to taxpayers. The column answers questions most frequently asked by taxpayers. Q. Is it true that a retiree may be entitled to a lax credit for 1973 when he files his return? A. Yes. If you are a retired U.S. citizen or resident, had $600 of earned income in each of any 10 calendar years before 1973, and had retirement income during 1973, you may be entitled to a tax credit. In addition, just by filling out a few lines on Schedule R and your tax form, you can get the IRS to compute the retirement income credit for you. See your tax form instructions for details. Q. My husband and I are legally separated. I have custody of our daughter. Does this mean I can claim her as a dependent? A. That depends. First, you and your husband together must have furnished more than one half of the child's support for 1973. Secondly, the child must be in your or your husband's custody for more than half the year. If these conditions are satisfied, then generally the parent having custody of the child for the greater part of 1973 is entitled to the dependency exemption. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Your husband may be entitled to the exemption if he contributed at least $600 toward the child's support during the year and the decree of separate maintenance or a written agreement specified that he is entitled to the exemption. Another exemption arises if he paid $1,200 or more of support for the child in 1973 and you do not establish by a clear preponderance of the evidence that you furnished more for support. Q. I heard that there are five tests thai must be met for a taxpayer to claim a person as a dependent What are they? A. For a person to qualify as your dependent for 1973, the following tests must be met: 1) You must furnish over half of the dependent's total support during the calendar year; 2) Unless the person is less than 19 years of age at the end of the year or a full-time student during five months of the year, you may not claim him as a dependent if his gross income is $750 or more; 3) The person must be a member of your household and live with you for the entire year or be closely related to you; 4) He must be a citizen or national of the U.S. or a U.S. resident, or a resident of Canada, Mexico, Panama Canal Zone or the Republic of Panama for some part of the year; and 5) The person must not file a joint return unless one is not due but was filed merely to obtain a refund. Q. I had a part-time job last summer to pay college tuition. I didn't earn enough to pay income tax, but I'm going to file a return to recover income tax withheld from my pay. Can I check off $1 of the tax withhelf for the Presidential Election Campaign Fund? A. No. You can only designate $1 ($2 if married filing jointly) if you had at least that much tax liability. Q. I pledged $100 to a charitable organization in December 1973. I was billed in January 1974 and just paid the bill. Can I deduct this amount on my 1973 return? A. No. Contributions must actually be paid before the close of 1973 to be deductible on your return for that year. Q. Can I file my tax return without my Form W-2? A. You should make every effort to obtain your W-2 form from your employer to insure a proper return. However, your return must be filed on time. If you do not have all your Forms W-2, report all your income and attach a statement explaining how you computed any tax withheld for which you claim credit, but for which you have no Form W-2. If, after you have filed your return, you receive a Form W-2 for income that you did not include in your return, or if you find your estimates of income and withholding tax to be incorrect, file an amended return, Form 1040X. Tills form is available at any IRS office. Q. Do you have a booklet that describes tax law changes for 1973 Federal income tax returns? A. Yes. IRS Publication 553, "Highlights of 1973 Changes in the Tax Law," is available free from your local IRS office. Taxpayers seeking more details may purchase IRS Publication 17, "Your Federal Income Tax," from Internal Revenue offices and many post offices for 51.00. Mail orders may be made to the Public Documents Distribution Center, Pueblo Industrial Park, Pueblo, Colo., 81009. The price for mail orders is $1.25. tongue and other parts for which they show little enthusiasm. "A hungry lion becomes very dangerous and aggressive," said Francisco Galvao, owner of Simba Safari. "That's why we go to the trouble of obtaining the innards through the packing house of a friend." Friday is the day when the lions are served beef flesh, which used to be their daily fare. Tourists who drive through the natural setting to see the lions can watch them disputing over the once-a-week treat. Kach lion eats about 10 pounds a day. In the nearby state-run zoo, the meat-eating animals consume about 400 pounds of flesh a day. Dr. Mario Autuori, director of the zoo, told a local newspaper that his organization is facing "serious problems with the shortage of meat." "The Sao Paulo zoo is increasing the raising of rats, chickens, ducks and rabbits, which also serve as food for the carnivores," Autuori said. He said fish from the zoo's ponds are also being used to feed the tigers,, lions, hyenas and other meat-eaters. Horse meat is not used as a beef- substitute, he said, because horse suppliers prefer to export the meat to Japan and the United States, where they get a better price. Commoners enjoy free education, free medical care, no personal income tax, old-age pensions and one of tlie highest per capita incomes in Brunei, an oil-rich, Delaware-size enclave on the island of Borneo. Fergus falls (Mi.) Journal Wed., Mar. 6, 1974 9fl ROLLER SKATE Thursday "Report Card Nighl 7 to 10 p.m. Friday Night 7 to 10p.m. Saturday Afternoons 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Afternoons 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Nights .8 to 11 p.m. SILVER SKATE West OMHwy 210-Fergus Falls FOR SPECIAL PARTIES Call 739-9971 * SELECTION TEEN REDUCED! — SALE NOW IN PROGRESS — CHILDREN'S SHOP 110WEST LINCOLN AVENUE-FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA "FINAL WINTER" CLEARANCE THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY, MARCH 7-8-9 \ USE OUR LAY-BY PLAN OVERSTOCK PANTS - SHIRTS MANY OTHER ITEMS TO FROM GIRLS 7-14 SPORTSWEAR SLACKS - TOPS DRESSES MORE from 3 Stores Gathered Together for This SALE! Mostly Winter Items! Sale Merchandise Reduced 50°- and More!

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